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he most significant and prolific inventor of modern 
times and perhaps of all time, Thomas Alva Edison 
died having altered the course of civilization several 
ways and with 1,093 patents to his name, ranging from a 
machine that recorded votes to recipes for Portland cement 
to a "Means for Utilizing the Waste Heat in Kilns." He was, 
simply put, a virtuoso of imagination, practical mechanics, 
practical eloquence (a new book of his aphorisms runs to 
304 pages), and obstinacy. He was not trying to comfort 
himself with Stoic forbearance but asserting a truth as clear 
to him as daylight when he wrote, after one particular fail- 
ure, "I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt 
discarded is another step forward." 

Edison was also, to his good fortune, a profoundly able 
liar — a man with "a vacuum where his conscience ought to 
be," sniffed one competitor; "the great professor of duplicity 
and quadruplicity," the New York Tribune called him, offend- 
ed by some gimmick Edison had rolled out in an effort to 
land front-page coverage. Later, a lawyer who was defend- 
ing the Wizard of Menlo Park against a plagiarism charge 
(one of many that Edison faced over the years) offered a 
somewhat divergent view of his client's moral predilections, 
calling him a man who "grasped Fortune when she came in 
his direction" — even if, one can read between the lawyerly 
lines, she was on the arm of another man when she began 
the hazardous approach. (Edison lost the suit but with typi- 
cal mulishness kept his opponent tied up in legal wrangling 
long enough to make a verdict in either direction a matter of 
no financial moment.) 

Among other dissemblings, Edison habitually (and fear- 
lessly, it seems) assured investors that he was making prog- 
ress on projects that were dead in the water; claimed to have 
discovered great things ("the etheric force") that proved not 
to exist; and drove his competitors (including the credulous 
Alexander Graham Bell) off the road by letting them in on 
scientific theories that he knew to be wrong-headed. He also 
took absolute credit for the ideas developed by the small and 
inspired band of metallurgists, machinists, drafters, glass 
blowers, and engineers who labored in his clanking, pro- 
tean, New Jersey invention factory — though most of them, 
it's worth noting, adored "the Old Man" as sailors might 
a mad captain who'd brought them home safe through a 
series of perilous, stirring, and remunerative voyages. 

But Edison's most useful non-scientific gift may well 
have been his flair for image management. His main efforts 

were, of course, focused on flogging product. He displayed 
his first durable electric light filaments not in a public square 
or ballroom in nearby New York City, but in a courtyard 
beside his factory over a series of December nights, draw- 
ing trainloads from Gotham to pass before the Christmas 
miracle. And he took no less care of self-presentation, 
affecting the uniform of a battered straw hat and long apron 
(he was a plebe arrayed against the professors, he wanted it 
known), and greeting significant visitors to Menlo Park not 
in a book-lined study (though he was a voracious reader and 
possessed several of these) but in a second-floor laboratory 
in his factory, "a wilderness of wires, jars of vitriol, strips of 
tin foil, old clay pipes, copies of the great daily newspapers, 
and sundry bits of machinery of unknown power," accord- 
ing to a visiting journalist. Here Edison would arrange him- 
self, his back to the doorway, bent over a workbench, stag- 
ing the moment when he'd be forcefully summoned from 
exquisite thought to business responsibilities. 

On no invention did Edison lavish more promotional 
muscle than the phonograph, likely the dearest to him of 
all his creations. In 1 877, only days after his men had devel- 
oped a reliable prototype (wrapping some tinfoil around 
the recording cylinder seemed to fix the final technical 
problem), Edison had the machine plunked down on the 
desk of the editor of Scientific American. Then, the Napoleon 
of Invention put on a show, causing the machine, wrote edi- 
tor Alfred Beach to "[inquire] as to our health, [ask] us how 
we liked the phonograph, [inform] us that it was very well, 
and bid us a cordial good-night . . . there can be no doubt 
but that the inflections are those of nothing else than the 
human voice." 

Concerned that practical (and profitable) points should 
not be lost, Edison soon published an essay in the North 
American Review titled "The Phonograph And Its Future" 
in which he delineated a set of tasks, drawn from both the 
business and domestic world, that might be accomplished 
with the new machine, including: letter dictation while sav- 
ing the cost of stenographer; children's elocution studies; 
the preservation of a song "a friend may in a morning call 
sing . . . which shall delight an evening company"; and cap- 
turing "the last words of the dying member of the family." 
The lapel-seizing italics are Edison's, of course. 

Our story of inventors in a more complex, subtle, and 
perilous age begins on page 14. 





From "In Our Time," pg. 24 



The life and times of an invention that was 
going to transform solar power (and may yet 
do so) 
By David Reich 


In his talk at Boston College, a noted political 
theorist praises the liberal arts for compelling 
discipline and discomfort, experience and a 
certain kindness 
By Alan Ryan 

on the cover: Sections of nanopillar arrays on silicon 
wafers. The pillars are the starting point for a new, more 
efficient solar cell developed by Boston College physicists. 
The rainbow colors are a kind of mirage, the result of 
optical diffraction owing to the pillars' nanoscale size and 
spacing. Photograph by Gary Wayne Gilbert 

2 Letters 

4 Linden 

A three-day course in 
the facts of fiction • 
Remembering Frank 

• Boston College's other 
winning hockey players 

• What Paris, New York, 
and Boston College have 
in common • Over two 
days, optimists, pessimists, 
and realists convene 

28 G°21 

To pray with an icon 
• Preparing the laity 

33 End 


How Dodd-Frank 
missed half the target 
• A once-ardent and 
high-profile advocate 
of charter schools 
and high-stakes tests 
explains her recent 

38 Glass 


68 Inquiring 

Sorting the mentally ill 
by race 

69 Works 
& Days 

Third World technol- 
ogy provider Timothy 
Anderson '73 




"Word Wise," audio clips of Gish Jen with students, 
speaking on the writing life (pg. 6) • Audio slide- 
show commemorating Frank Campanella (pg. 8) • "is 
America in Decline?"— videos of the panel discus- 
sions (pg. 12) • "Remapping the Liberal Arts," video 
of the symposium (pg. 24) • "Beyond Seeing and 
Not Seeing," video of Khaled Anatolios' talk on pray- 
ing with icons (pg. 28) • Video of the forum on the 
American Catholic laity (pg. 31) • "Missing Elements 
in U.S. Financial Reform," Edward Kane's paper on 
the Dodd-Frank Act (pg. 34) • "Taking Back School 
Reform," video of Diane Ravitch's talk (pg. 36) 

• reader's list: Books by alumni, faculty, and staff 

• headliners: Alumni in the news 




Ben Birnbaum 


Anna Marie Murphy 


Thomas Cooper 


Christine Hagg 


Keith Alee 


Gary Wayne Gilbert 


Lee Pellegrini 


Tim Czerwienski '06 


William Bole 


Ravi Jain, Miles Benson 


Maureen Dezell 

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Re "Urban Legend," by William Bole (Fall 
2010): The battered cover of my copy of 
Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great 
American Cities has been repaired more 
times than I can remember. Thirty-five 
years after the late Joseph Flanagan, SJ, 
and Dean Richard Keeley introduced me 
to the writings of Jacobs, I still review the 
notes written in the margins from their co- 
taught PULSE course. And I have taught 
Jacobs's timeless classic in my own PULSE 
course, "Boston: An Urban Analysis," 
since 1980. 

The University owes a debt of gratitude 
to Dean Keeley. A wary Jacobs was reluc- 
tant to connect with anyone in academe. It 
took nine years of his writing letters and 
making phone calls before she agreed to 
meet with him in Toronto. Keeley's quiet, 
dignified manner convinced Jacobs of the 
value of having her meet his students. As 
a result, large groups of students and fac- 
ulty listened to Jacobs's lectures and then 
laughed with her over dinner. 

David Manzo 77 

Boston College 

The writer is a lecturer in the philosophy 

"Urban Legend" brought back fond 
memories of my first reading Death and 
Life as an undergrad — and probably talk- 
ing about it at the time with my room- 
mate, Dick Keeley. But here's a quibble 
you might appreciate: The photograph on 
page 1 8 is almost certainly misdated as 
1961. The clothing is out of sync with that 
date. The boots on Sontag and the woman 
next to her weren't common until later 
(even in Greenwich Village); ditto for the 
frayed bellbottoms on the woman at left. 
Moreover, there weren't anti-draft dem- 
onstrations that early. 

James M. O'Toole '72,Ph,D.'87 

Boston College 

The writer holds the Clough Chair in History. 
And he is correct — the year was 1967. 


I find great irony in the fact that you com- 
memorate (for the right reasons) the life 
and writings of Jane Jacobs, after showing 
visuals of the Dustbowl being dismantled 
with a solo tree left standing. I'm refer- 
ring to "Land Use" by Seth Meehan in the 
same, Fall 2010, issue. If Ms. Jacobs were 
alive, do you think she would support this 
historic land being reduced to the size a 
football field? My guess is not, given that 
Mr. Meehan failed to note the most impor- 
tant Dustbowl event: the tens of millions 
of footsteps of the best and brightest stu- 
dents, faculty, and staff in the country. 

John Liesching '90 

East Greenwich, Rhode Island 

Whoops! It appears that Seth Meehan's 
timeline of important Dustbowl events 
skipped over one: the gathering in April 
2005 of more than 1,000 members of the 
Boston College community in protest of 
the University's nondiscrimination policy, 
which, to this day, does not afford full and 
equal protection for gay and lesbian stu- 
dents, faculty, and staff. 

The Dustbowl protest received special 
coverage in the Heights and a front-page 
story in the Boston Globe. It was consid- 
ered the largest demonstration at Boston 
College during the past two decades. 

If Mr. Meehan can mention a 1988 
student protest against the prohibition of 
kegs and cases of beer in dormitories, cer- 
tainly BCM can afford some column space 
for the hundreds of students and faculty 
who have persisted in a fight for equality 
on campus. 

Cynthia Frezzo '07, New York, New York 

Nicholas Salter '07, Princeton, New Jersey 

In response to the "tales from the Dust- 
bowl" piece, I think of the time, back 
in spring 1 984, when I was walking along 
that path with Anne McHugh '85 on the 
morning after she triumphed as the lead 
in the Boston College Dramatics Society 
production of Dark of the Moon. Someone 
had given Anne congratulatory flowers as 


we descended die steps from die adjacent 
Quad. For the entire walk along the green 
to McElroy, we were met with smiles for 
Anne and "wows" for what a wonderful 
performance she gave. 

Gee, no one mentioned me and all 
those thankless chorus roles I played 
through the years. Oh well. For that day, 
the Dustbowl was my college version of 
the red carpet. 

Mark Murphy '84 

Boston, Massachusetts 


Ben Birnbaum's column on censoring 
("Bookbinders," Fall 2010) reminded me 
of something that happened when I was 
a junior at Boston College during the 
1962-63 school year. The University had 
applied for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and 
an investigating team was on campus. 

When the team members went to 
look at the library, they went down into 
the stacks and found "the cage," in which 
books on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum 
were kept. Apparently, they went berserk 
and said that the school would never get 
a chapter unless the cage was eliminated. 
I recall that the books remained in the 
cage, but the padlock was removed, so we 
could check out anything we wished, even 
Milton's Areopagitica, a stirring defense of 
intellectual freedom. 

Pascal de Caprariis '64, MS '66 

Martinsville, Indiana 


As a BC bOp! alumnus and a total fanatic 
of big band jazz, I am thrilled to see in- 
creasing recognition and outlets for both 
("Upbeat," by Jane Whitehead, in Summer 
2010). Though this music is increasingly 
difficult to find on "the dial" (for those who 
still have a dial), Seb Bonaiuto has done a 
fantastic job of keeping the ensemble and 
genre alive and up front at Boston College 
and in the surrounding community. 


Honeoye Falls, New York 


Re "Bloom's Way" by Matthew Battles 
(Fall 2010): As an undergraduate at 
Boston College, I read James Joyce's 
Ulysses, and later again I suffered through 
that (more than) 250,000-word phantas- 

magoria at Trinity College, Dublin. I also 
took Bloom's circuitous odyssey through 
the streets of Dublin city. 

Ulysses captivates the academic mind, 
but the thinking man will search its con- 
tents and never come within sight of an 
idea. Joyce is a naturalist who sees no 
divinity in man or order in the world. Life 
to him is just a stream of impressions of an 
individual mind in isolation. 

Students who seek to solve the riddle of 
Ulysses should read a magnificent essay by 
Paul Elmer More titled "James Joyce," in 
More's New Shelbourne Essays (1928-36). 

Jim O'Brien W,P'88 

Charlestown, Massachusetts 


Angelina Hawley Dolan's interesting stud- 
ies of how people evaluate the quality of 
visual art ("Taste Test," Fall 2010) miss, it 
seems to me, one crucial element: texture. 

Dolan presented abstract expressionist 
and abstract-expressionist-like paintings 
by adult artists, children, and animals to 
a variety of subjects for evaluation on a 
computer screen; the paintings were thus 
reduced to their surface color patterns. 
However, works of abstract expression- 
ism often depend for their artistic effect 
on texture, including brushwork and 
techniques such as encaustic. In some 
paintings, the materiality of the medium 
is almost more important than the surface 
pattern — for instance, in Mark Rothko's 
black-on-black canvases (his 1964 No. 8, 
for example), or his black-on-purple No. 2, 
in which the colors are hardly distinguish- 
able. Such paintings depend for their artis- 
tic affect on three-dimensionality, on the 
play of light from different angles, or the 
appearance of peeling, say, the suggestion 
of time, and movement. While patterns by 
pre-school children or chimpanzees may 
look professional on a computer screen, 
the materiality of the original works will 
likely betray their amateurism. 

Cezar Ornatowski, MA'80 

San Diego, California 


The Somoza identified in "Distance 
Education" by Elizabeth Graver (Fall 
2010) as dictator of Nicaragua in the 
1960s and 1970s was Anastasio Somoza, 
the third in the family line to hold that 

title. Anastasio was a classmate of mine 
at the Millard School in Washington, 
D. C, in 1942-43. The students there 
were mostly sons of U.S. Army and Navy 
officers, plus 10 or 12 sons of Central 
and South American dictators or gen- 
erals. Millard operated as a post-high 
school prep for West Point and, indeed, 
Anastasio went on to graduate from West 
Point before assuming command of the 
Nicaraguan army. Some critics said this 
command was his graduation present. 

John M. Geaghan '49 

Menlo Park, California 


Puzzling over placement of "The Slave 
Trade" (from David Northrup's book The 
Diary ofAntera Duke) in BCM Fall 2010, 
but intrigued by the detail, I recalled a 
related personal incident from 45 years 
ago: My grandmother was the family 
genealogist, and we often talked of our 
proud family heritage during visits to her 
farm in Louisiana. When I brought my 
northern fiancee (Maureen Reilly '65) 
down to meet the relatives, Grandma 
asked Maureen if she would like to see the 
records. She brought out old antebellum 
ledgers. I was more stunned than Maureen 
was to read the likes of "June 14, 1845, 
sold Toby to the Johnsons, and his wife 
Matilda to the Smiths," and embarrassed 
by the detail and my own naivete. 

Recently I have learned of two reso- 
nant accounts: Catherine Sasanov's 2010 
book, Had Slaves, which follows her dis- 
covery of family slaveholding in Missouri 
and tracks her research through legal doc- 
uments to identify the 1 1 "owned" by the 
family; and a documentary film by Katrina 
Browne, Traces of the Trade: A Story from 
the Deep North (2008), in which family 
members seek to understand how their 
shipping family profited from the slave 
trade out of seaports in the Northeast. 
Their details, and Professor Northrup's, 
clarify history. 

Tom Lloyd, Ph. D.'96 

Front Royal, Virginia 

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6 The resident 

A three-day course in the 
facts of fiction 

8 Campanella's way 

Remembering Frank 

9 Coal tending 

Boston College's other 
winning hockey players 

10 Love scenes 

What Paris, New York, 
and Boston College have 
in common 

12 State of the nation 

Over two days, optimists, 
pessimists, and realists 



— Among majors, communication led in 

enrollment (895) this year, followed, as 
^ has often been the case, by a pack consist- 
§ ing of economics, biology, finance, and 
(j English. Among minors, international 
studies not only led competitors with 201 
enrollees, but set a University record. 
)K The Affiliates Program, which puts 
selected AHANA employees through a 
management development course, com- 
pleted its 10th year and graduated its 95th 
participant. Two-thirds of the graduates 
remain employed by Boston College. 
)K Boston College scored highest in the 
nation in the NCAA's compilation of 
Division I Graduate Success Rate data, 
with 21 of 27 varsity sports seeing all 
their students graduate. A student group 
that develops and manages volunteer 
service opportunities for varsity athletes 
was also ranked best in the nation by the 
NCAA. \V International students held 
their second annual — and for many par- 
ticipants their first-ever — "prom"; while 
Admission reported that 57 nations were 
represented by potential students who reg- 
istered for tours of Boston College during 
the summer. $ Students formed Every 
Bite Counts, an organization that works 
with Dining Services to collect and store 
leftover food for use by a local food bank. 
)^ Seniors Amanda Rothschild and Leon 
Ratz were selected as finalists for Rhodes 
Scholarships. \V Lexis-Nexis named law 
faculty member Brian Quinn's AA&A Law 
Prof Blog one of the top 25 business law 

blogs in the nation. Recent posts included 
reflections on a J. Crew shareholders' suit, 
generous disclosure of the full names and 
actions of lawyers recently convicted of 
insider trading, and a suggestion that read- 
ers submit suggested brand names to Sara 
Lee for its "Coffee Co." )K "How did God 
influence Descartes's view of reason?" was 
one of the questions received by reference 
librarians via the library's new AskBC 
app. O'Neill has also begun loaning out 
iPads for two-day periods. )0( Hiring for 
current seniors is "inching up," accord- 
ing to the Career Center. .\V MaryEllen 
Doran '83, administrative assistant in this 
magazine's office, won the RecPlex's first 
Walk Across Campus Challenge by tra- 
versing 610 miles over a six-week period. 
Thirty-five staff participated in the health 
promotion program. $ The 30 alumni 
who work for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps 
make up the largest coterie from any 
university. $ Boston College's archive 
received a gift of 22 issues of the Heights 
published in 1 927-28 that were missing 
from its collection. The newspapers turned 
up in a garage in Needham, Massachusetts. 
)i(. Connell School faculty Angela Amar, 
Pamela Grace, and Patricia Tabloski were 
named fellows of the American Academy 
of Nursing. \V Jimmy Vo, a kitchen work- 
er in Corcoran Commons, won $1 mil- 
lion on a scratch ticket. Dining Services 
sold 350 gingerbread houses during the 
Christmas season. $ The University 
established a Global Service and Justice 




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all hands — Returning early from Christmas break, undergraduate writers, actors, and crew gathered in Robsham Theater with faculty and staff to pre- 
pare two one-act plays for their premieres in February. The plays, directed by theater professor Scott T. Cummings (right), were staged as part of the 
department's New Voices program to showcase student playwrights. Presented this winter were The Missing Piece by Riley Madincea "11, about siblings 
reunited by a death in the family, and Chase 304 by Meghan Crosby '12, a look at the romantic preoccupations of undergraduate women. 

Program, combining classroom work and 
overseas placements, under the auspices of 
the recently founded McGillycuddy-Logue 
Center. AV Women's soccer reached the 
Final Four, falling to first-ranked Stanford. 
\V "I don't need to know the cow's name," 
said Sam Sifton, the New York Times food 
critic, in response to a student solicitation 
of his views on "local sourcing." Brought 
to campus by the Quality of Student 
Life Committee, which arranges for free 
distribution of the daily Times to under- 
graduates, Sifton dined prior to his lecture 
on Addie's Loft pizza, Hillside burgers, 
macaroni and cheese, and cupcakes. He 
left no record of his findings. AV Blasting 
on the Stokes Hall construction site was 
thoughtfully suspended during finals. # 
Some 50 students have enrolled in a new 
BS program offered by the psychology 
department. The program, which focuses 

on neuroscience, will require 19 courses 
within psychology, biology, chemistry, 
and mathematics, as compared with 1 
psychology courses for the BA. \V Joseph 
AA. O'Keefe, SJ, dean of the Lynch School 
of Education since 2005 and a 20-year 
member of the school's faculty, has been 
named president of St. Joseph's College, 
in Philadelphia. "Good-bye Red Sox, 
hello Phillies," the Massachusetts native 
declared during the press conference at 
which he was introduced. Red Sox fans 
will find O'Keefe's e-mail address on 
the St. Joseph's website. ^ The UGBC 
Senate expressed its wish that the O'Neill 
Library's entry-level course reserve 
room — a space whose function has been 
rendered pointless by technology that 
allows faculty to web-post copyrighted 
material behind a security wall — should 
be converted, in part, to a student lounge 

that would offer cafeteria service. )K The 
Heights launched a news compilation 
column titled "Allston-Brighton Crime 
Reports," featuring brief accounts of 
neighborhood capers and misdeeds under 
headlines such as "Duo arrested for shop- 
lifting at Shaw's" and "Woman arrested 
for drunk driving after hitting bicyclist," 
the latter concluding, rather intriguinglv, 
"She was reportedly uncooperative during 
the booking process, cursing at officers 
in both English and French." But Digest's 
award for most fascinating crime note 
of the quarter goes to the Heights' own 
Police Blotter, for: "Friday, Dec. 3, 2:55 
a.m. A report was filed regarding a car 
driving slowly and circling [the] 66 
Commonwealth Ave. [residence hall]. 
An officer stopped to provide assistance. 
Everything was in order." 

—Ben Birnbaum 

photograph: Lee Pellegrini 

WIMIR 1 O I 1 


Jen at lunch with student writers, including seniors (from left) Ben Key and Zak Jason 

The resident 

By Jane Whitehead 

A three-day course in the facts of fiction 

It's a distinction she views conditionally. 
"No one sits down to rewrite the immi- 
grant novel," she told the Lowell lecture 
audience. "You sit down to tell a story." 

Her most recent story, World and Town, 
unfolds in a small New England town 
buffeted by global forces: immigration, 
economic decline, terrorism, fundamental- 
ism. Jen read several passages, showcasing 
the distinctive voices in which she tells 
the story. Technical and scientific terms 
infuse the language of Hattie Kong, 68, 
a retired biology teacher, daughter of a 
descendant of Confucius and an American 
missionary, while Sophy (pronounced 
So-PEE), the teenage daughter of immi- 
grant Cambodians, has adopted the ado- 
lescent American vernacular. '"It's all, like, 
whack,'" thinks Sophy, trying to unravel 
how her family coalesced in a refugee 
camp. "'Like who even knows if there are 
names for what they are, or for their kind 
of family?'" 

"What was it like writing the different 
points of view?" a student asked. 

"My characters come to me very fre- 
quently by talking," said Jen. "I'm just 
listening, listening, listening. Not that I'm 
becoming them — I'm trying very hard to 
understand what they're saying to me." 

I -_-ish Jen may be the first person to 
V_vJ deliver a Lowell Humanities Lecture 
while standing on a stack of cafeteria trays. 
The acclaimed novelist and short-story 
writer used the trays, requisitioned from 
Dining Services, to overcome a tall lectern 
when she read excerpts from her latest 
novel, World and Town (2010), and spoke 
about the writing life before an audi- 
ence of around 200 students and faculty 
in the Murray Room on the evening of 
November 9. 

The lecture launched Jen's three-day 
sojourn as University writer in residence. 
In addition to the Lowell lecture, which 
was open to the public, Jen taught a mas- 
ter class in English professor Elizabeth 
Graver's writing workshop, held an open, 
book club-style discussion of World and 
Town in the amphitheater of McGuinn 
121, fielded questions from English 
professor Min Song's Asian- American 
literature class, met seniors in the creative 
writing concentration for lunch, and 

joined Song for a public Q&A in the lec- 
ture hall of Devlin 008. 

The residency, which Graver orga- 
nized, was funded by the University's 
Institute for the Liberal Arts, with support 
from the Lowell Lectures Humanities 
Series, the University's Asian- American 
Studies program, and Fiction Days, a 
project that brings writers to campus. 
Jen's visit is "the most extended residency 
we've had," says Graver, herself a novelist 
(author most recently of A wake, published 
in 2004), who started Fiction Days some 
1 5 years ago. Other visits — by Edward 
P. Jones, Ann Patchett, and George 
Saunders — have been for one day only. 

Jen, the daughter of Chinese immi- 
grants and the author of novels centered 
on Asian immigrant and Asian- American 
characters — Typical American (1991), 
Mona in the Promised Land (1996), and The 
Love Wife (2004) — plus a short story col- 
lection, Who's Irish? (1999), is often cred- 
ited with reshaping the "immigrant novel." 


the 1 3 students in Graver's fiction writing 
workshop, "I'm the kind of teacher that 
makes everybody talk." (She has taught 
creative writing at Radcliffe and Harvard, 
among other academic settings.) With a 
combination of praise, probing questions, 
and astute observations, she drew out the 
three student-authors whose stories had 
been chosen randomly for her input — 
seniors Kelly Connolly, Sophie Dillman, 
and Suzannah Lutz. 

"If you set up a convention, keep to it," 
Jen advised Connolly after a discussion of 
her use of space breaks to show shifting 
points of view among characters. "There's 
a way in which the writer teaches us how 
to read the story," she said. 

Lutz said that for two months she had 
wrestled with her fictional chronology, 
which several readers found confusing. Jen 
suggested she might sharpen the narrative 
by asking herself, "Where is the emotional 
weight of the story?" "That's where you 
want the reader to invest," she said. 


photograph: Lee Pellegrini 

"All three stories I thought were ter- 
rific," she said at the class's end, adding 
that the authors had tackled what William 
Faulkner called the subject of all good 
writing — "the human heart in conflict 
with itself." 

Later, talking about her own writing 
career over lunch in the faculty dining 
room in McElroy Commons, fen told 
Keith Noonan '12 and seniors Ben Key, 
Zak Jason, and Caitlin Moran, all English 
majors concentrating in creative writing, 
"1 was the human heart in conflict with 
itself! I was really late coming to writ- 
ing." She was pre-med and pre-law at 
Harvard before graduating with a degree 
in English. She then enrolled at Stanford 
Business School, which she left after a 
year to attend the University of Iowa 
Writers' Workshop. 

Jen's candor about her nonlinear path 
soon had the students sharing stories 
about writing projects and plans. Noonan, 
who is working on stories about family 
conflict, would like to "get out in the world 
and fail a lot" after graduation. Key, who 
is considering an offer to work as a script- 
writer, said he too wants "to get outside of 
academia for a while." 

"One of the best things you can do as a 
writer is to be out in the world," affirmed 
Jen. She added that, although "being a 
writer is really hard," it is "life-giving. And 
you don't have to retire." 

Jen brought the same relaxed style to 
Professor Min Song's Asian literature 
class the next day. Perched on a desk at 
the front of the room, she announced that 
she was now completely at home, having 
found the coffee machine in Carney. "I 
answer all questions!" she promised. 

"Why did Mona identify with Jews?" 
someone asked. (Many students had 
paperback copies of Mona in the Promised 
Land on their desks.) That comes from 
personal experience, answered Jen. She 
grew up in the solidly Jewish town of 
Scarsdale, New York, and as a teenager 
wondered, "Why do I know more Yiddish 
than Chinese?" Among the story ideas 
she collected in a spiral notebook of index 
cards, Jen had once written "Mona turns 
Jewish." She came upon this jotting some- 
time later, found it hilarious, and won- 
dered, "What's behind that laughter?" 

Asked if she feels "limited by the 

Asian- American label," Jen said that 
part of her role as a writer is to question 
whether socially constructed categories 
such as "Asian American" are helpful or 
damaging to individuals and social groups. 
And she is often deeply frustrated by 
the assumption that any book by an Asian- 
American writer must ipso facto be 
about the "Asian-American experience." 
"I'm an Asian American who writes litera- 
ture," she said emphatically. 

As she headed for the parking lot and 
the drive home to Cambridge at the end 

of her Boston College immersion, Jen said 
that she hoped to arrive home just late 
enough to miss her husband's book group 
meeting. What was the book she so want- 
ed to avoid discussing? "World and Town," 
she admitted with a laugh, a 

Jane Whitehead is a Boston-based writer. 

Listen to "Word Wise," a selection 
of audio clips from Jen's conversa- 
tion with Min Song's students, at 
Full Story, 

Portrait by numbers 

Boston College received 29,933 applications for the Class of 2014, an increase of 
2 percent over the previous year and the second highest number— after 30,845 in 
2008 — in the University's history. Of the applicant pool for 2014, the Office of 
Undergraduate Admissions offered places to 9,310, a 31 percent acceptance rate. 
In the fall of 2010, 2,359 freshmen arrived on the Heights, bringing total undergrad- 
uate enrollment to 9,099. 

Other notable numbers describing the Class of 2014: 

2,004: mean SAT score (on the 2,400 scale), a University record 

1,249/1,110: the number of women/men in the incoming class, approximating a 
ratio that has held for all but two of the past 10 years 

714: AHANIA (African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) students, 
including one native Hawaiian/Pacific islander and 270 of Asian descent. This num- 
ber constitutes 30.3 percent of the entering class, a University high 

294: Alumni children (12.5 percent of the class) 

110: Freshmen enrolled from 27 foreign countries 

88: Percentage of Lynch School of Education freshmen who are female 

50: Percentage of class from the three states sending the highest number of 
students — Massachusetts (536), New York (373), and New Jersey (275) 

44: States represented, in addition to the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the 
Virgin Islands 

30.3: Percentage of Carroll School of Management freshmen who are female 

5: Male freshmen in the Connell School of Nursing (CSON)— 6.3 percent of CSON's 
entering class 

1: Number of freshmen from the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Nevada, New 
Mexico, West Virginia 

0: States not represented in the class are Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, North 
Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming. —Thomas Cooper 


Campanella in Botolph House, July 1994 

Campanella's way 

Remembering Frank 

Editor's note: In the spring of 1973, 
shortly after he'd arrived to head a 
financially (and psychically) beleaguered 
Boston College, J. Donald Monan, SJ, asked 
a young professor of finance if he'd leave 
his faculty position and become Boston 
College's executive vice president. Francis 
B. Campanella said yes and joined the small 
group of senior staff who would lead Boston 
College's rise from what some presumed was 
its death bed and establish it as a financially 
(and psychically) robust "national univer- 
sity." Serving under Monan and then William 
P. Leahy, SJ, Frank — as everyone called 
him — spent some 25 years occupying the 
University's number-two position. On 
his retirement, the road that embraces the 
lower campus he pretty much built was 
named Campanella Way. He died on January 
14, following a stroke, at age 74. He is sur- 
vived by his daughters, Kathleen '83, Patricia 
'84, and Maureen '85. The following texts 
are drawn from eulogies delivered at Frank's 
funeral on January 21, at St. Ignatius Church, 
by Fr. Monan and Jack Neuhauser, president 

of St. Michael's College, who was dean of the 
Carroll School and later the University's aca- 
demic vice president. 


From 1973 until he returned definitively 
to the faculty, Frank's presence appeared 
on every page of the College's story, most 
visibly perhaps in the physical stature of 
libraries and residences and science labo- 
ratories and stadia that people the campus; 
but equally powerfully if not as visibly in 
the painstaking engineering behind bud- 
getary design to assure the realization of 
newly reachable goals; and in the unrelent- 
ing efforts to fulfill the frequently repeated 
aspiration to have Boston College recog- 
nized as the best managed university in the 

Frank could no more separate the busi- 
ness planner in him from the academic 
than he could separate the professional in 
him from the man of faith and integrity. 
People instinctively recognized that Frank 
respected them and respected the sincerity 

ol their efforts to advance the College. If 
a new building was to be built, the future 
users of the building must be involved in 
its planning. If a problem needed resolu- 
tion, Frank's fundamental sense of fairness 
resolved all doubt. 

Deep down, the very wholeness and 
integrity of Frank's approach to every- 
thing he did not only proved the right 
medicine to the day's problem, it spoke 
a language of openness and sincerity 
and fairness that broke down old suspi- 
cions and helped restore meaning to the 
University as community. In the large 
responsibilities he carried, there was 
always an evenness, a fairness, a strong 
but respectful capacity to listen that 
marked actions as Frank's and carried a 
message that was heard. 


A life can be understood in part by stories, 
so just a few. 

It was a custom in the 1970s for the 
Faculty Senate, a large and unruly group, 
to meet in the fall at a Jesuit retreat house. 
I remember having gone to bed one eve- 
ning only to be awakened several hours 
later by a loud chorus of Latin hymns 
emanating from below. Curious, I went 
downstairs to find Frank at the piano, sur- 
rounded by a dozen individuals, including 
the Law School dean, about to begin the 
second chorus of "Tantum Ergo." 

In the mid 1 980s, as the management 
school dean, I sent an ambitious proposal 
for something or other to Frank, keeper 
of the purse. He replied to me with a num- 
ber of annotations to my original request, 
written in red on my proposal. I respond- 
ed by suggesting certain anatomical adven- 
tures he might pursue. Frank's response 
was a note that simply said "Grrrrr ..." 
attached to my now shredded proposal. 

As some of you know, Frank loved his 
downtown apartment almost as much as 
his home in Falmouth. It was his occa- 
sional custom to visit an adjoining hotel 
for a nightcap which he would take back 
to his apartment. Every few weeks Frank 
would return to the hotel with a small bag 
full of those glasses, now sparkling. ■ 

An audio slideshow commemorating 
Frank Campanella may be viewed at 
Full Story, 



photographs (from left): Gary Wayne Gilbert; Justin Knight 

Chris Gherlone "12 (right) and teammates during a game against Siena College in Conte Forum 

Goal tendin 

Bx Tim Czerwienski 

Boston College's other winning hockey players 

On Friday, December 3, as fans of the 
men's hockey team headed down 
Commonwealth Avenue to Agsanis Arena 


to watch the Eagles renew their rivalry 
with Boston University, and fans of the 
women's varsity team looked forward to 
a home match against Harvard two days 
hence, another, smaller contingent of 
100 or so students converged on Conte 
Forum. They were there to root for the 
University's club men's hockey team in 
its game against then top-ranked Siena 
College, and the cheers and heckles of the 
Boston College faithful echoed off the 
rafters. There were no snacks to be had 
at the concession stands, no video board 
replays, no Baldwin cavorting between 
periods. There was, however, good hockey. 

In intercollegiate competition, club 
hockey occupies a vast middle ground. 
The NCAA oversees the Division 1 
level — featuring 58 premier teams such 
as Boston College, New Hampshire, and 
Wisconsin — as well as Division 3, with 

71 less high-profile programs such as 
Middlebury, University of St. Thomas, 
and SUNY-Plattsburgh. The NCAA dis- 
banded its middle division in 1999, so the 
American Collegiate Hockey Association 
(ACHA), the governing body of club 
hockey, founded in 1991, now serves as a 
de facto Division 2, overseeing more than 
420 men's and women's teams. 

The Boston College club team is a rela- 
tive newcomer. It had its genesis in 2004, 
in the University's intramural hockey 
league. "We put a team together, named 
the Has-Beens, when I was a freshman," 
says Mike Greeley '08, now the team's 
assistant coach. "It was all kids who were 
really good high school players. We had 
fun, but everyone would sit around after 
the game and say 'there's got to be a way 
we can play real hockey.'" 

In 2005, Greeley, with the help of 
teammates Andrew Baird '08 and Bobby 
Kneeland '07, petitioned the University's 
club sports office for recognition of a 

men's hockey team. "We receive at least 
10 requests per year from students look- 
ing to start a club sport," says Monica 
Capobianco, the assistant athletic director 
for intramural and club sports. Currently, 
the University sponsors 21 men's and 
women's club sports, from rugby to water 
polo. Greeley and his teammates were told 
that if they could run the team indepen- 
dently for a season, the University would 
give its endorsement. Members took to 
the phones to raise funding from family 
and friends and to construct a schedule 
for the 2006-07 season. In unofficial play 
against clubs throughout the Northeast, 
the team finished with a record of 9- 1 and 
earned its club status. 


powerhouse schools field club teams, 
club hockey has largely flourished in 
regions and at schools underserved by 
NCAA hockey. Last year, teams from 
Montclair State University (New Jersey), 
San Jose State University (California), and 
the University of Maryland-Baltimore 
County were among the best in the 
nation. In 2008, Boston College traveled 
to Lubbock, Texas, to play a three-game 
series against Texas Tech. More than 
2,500 spectators showed up at each con- 
test to watch the Red Raiders take two 
games from the Eagles. 

The Texas trip was a high point in 
those early days, but the team also faced 
obstacles. One involved coaching. As 
an unsanctioned group, the Has-Beens 
coached themselves. An official club 
team, however, requires an outside coach. 
Greeley asked his father, Steve — who has 
coached the South Shore Kings and the 
Cape Cod Whalers, junior hockey teams 
that feed top college programs — to check 
out the team. "He saw how much fun we 
were having and how good the hockey 
was, so he agreed to put the time in and 
coach," says Greeley. 

The club ended its inaugural ACHA 
season with a 1 2-3- 1 record and a number- 
nine ranking in the 57-team Northeast 
region. The next season, 2009, the Eagles 
won two games at the Northeast regional 
tournament in Albany, New York, earning 
a trip to the national championship tourna- 
ment in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At sea- 
son's end thev were the number six team 



in the country. Last year, the club posted 
a 23-2-3 regular season record, gaining an 
automatic bid to the national tournament, 
where they beat Eastern Washington and 
Bowling Green State before losing to 
eventual champion Davenport University. 
The season concluded with a number five 
national ranking. Nowadays, "being able 
to say 'we played BC is a big deal," says 
Steve Sypek '12, a defenseman. 


involves more than hockey. Like other 
student groups, club teams are required 
to elect officers — -a president, vice presi- 
dent, treasurer, and secretary — who man- 
age the team's administrative functions. 
"We make the budget, we schedule games, 
we order equipment, we hire referees," 
says Jon Rather T 2, a forward and the 
team's vice president. "Not only do we 
have to worry about playing well, but also 
if we have all the necessary paperwork, 
and if the refs are going to show up." 
The team is also responsible for securing 
scorekeepers, trainers, and medical staff 
for home games. 

The University's club sports office 
provides annual funding — about $8,000, 
according to Greeley — but ice rental 
(most home games are played off campus), 
equipment, and transportation expenses 
can add up to more than $50,000 a season. 
Much of that money comes from member 
dues, with additional funds donated by 
parents and alumni. 

The club practices for free in Conte 
Forum, but ice time is tight. The team gen- 
erally squeezes in two or three practices a 
week, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. On those early 
mornings, the team learns to play togeth- 
er, but chemistry is built on the road, on 
bus trips to New Hampshire, Connecticut, 
and upstate New York. One travel pas- 
time, introduced by a contingent of stu- 
dents from Minnesota, calls for a player to 
pose a riddle to the rest of the team. "One 
by one, guys start to solve it but until the 
last player gets it, there's roaring laugh- 
ter," says Greeley. 

While the club team isn't meant to 
serve as a farm system for the varsity 
squad, there is a precedent for club play- 
ers moving up. Following the 2006-07 
season, men's ice hockey head coach 
Jerry York's team was in need of a backup 

goaltender. He chose Alex Kremer TO, 
a former standout at the Taft School in 
Connecticut who had helped lead the 
Eagles club hockey team to its 9-1 record. 
Kremer played for the varsity team for 
two years. "We lost a goalie, but everyone 
was thrilled about it," says Greeley. 
Coach York is a fan of the club. 
"Anything that promotes hockey on our 
campus, whether it's intramurals or the 
varsity or club team, is great," he says. "I'm 
personally very excited that 25 more stu- 
dents can get active on a team and make 
hockey a common thread between all of 
us." In its first season, the club had uni- 
forms and equipment handed down by the 
varsity team. 

In the ACHA the Eagles have been 
slow out of the gate this season, posting 
a 4-6 record going into the December 3 
game against Siena. Although Jon Rather 
managed a goal against the Saints, the 
Eagles eventually lost 2-1. The team 
graduated 1 1 seniors last year, but accord- 
ing to Greeley, "We have a real strong 
freshman class with four players regularly 
in the lineup." There's more reason for 
hope: Before the Siena game, the Eagles 
had never lost at home, and the schedule 
going forward is heavily weighted with 
home games. 

For the game results, mission state- . 
ment, and more photos of Boston College 
club hockey go to m 

Love scenes 

By Sage Stossel 

What Paris, New York, and Boston College have in common 

On the afternoon of Saturday, 
December 1 1, an eclectic crowd, 
from snowy haired grandparents to spir- 
ited preschoolers, began massing in the 
foyer outside the Boston Museum of Fine 
Arts' Remis Auditorium. In its midst, 
dozens of young adults, sharply dressed 
in blazers, suits (ties optional), skirts, 
and stylish scarves, chatted excitedly and 
snapped photos of one another with cell- 
phones and cameras. Only a smattering 
of Boston College caps and sweatshirts 
dotted the landscape, but it was a Boston 
College crowd. They had come for the 
premiere screening of a collection of films 
titled "BC, I Love You." 

Modeled after Paris Je T'Aime (Paris, I 
Love You), and New York, I Love You — both 
feature-length films consisting of romance- 
themed shorts by multiple directors, set 
in their eponymous locales — "BC, I Love 
You" was the brainchild of film studies 
major Sean Meehan T 1. As a sophomore, 
Meehan envisioned a medley of short mov- 
ies that could only take place at Boston 
College and that would, one way or anoth- 

er, have love as their theme. "I was just 
getting to know the people in the depart- 
ment," he recalls, "and a project like this 
seemed a great way for us to work together 
in a big collective." 

The concept began to take shape in 
the fall of 2010, when Meehan and 10 
other filmmakers (eight seniors, a junior, 
and Gautam Chopra, a lecturer in film 
studies) began holding weekly planning 
meetings. Meehan's requirement was that 
anyone proposing to direct a film also had 
to help in some capacity — as, say, cinema- 
tographer, assistant director, or sound 
recorder — on at least two other projects. 
(Two of the participants ultimately opted 
to pitch in on others' films rather than 
create their own.) The directors tapped 
the theater department for acting talent, 
casting 52 undergraduates, and conducted 
their shoots around campus, at locations 
such as O'Neill Plaza, Alumni Stadium, 
and the Mods, from late October through 

Booking the Museum of Fine Arts for 
the screening, without charge, was the 



Filmmakers and friends — including Meehan (center-left, in suit) — at the Museum of Fine Arts 

work of Carter Long, an adjunct professor 
in the University's 12-year-old film stud- 
ies program who is curator of film at the 
Museum of Fine Arts. Long was Median's 
instructor in a class on Hollywood direc- 
tors, and he overheard Meehan and his 
collaborators talking about the project. 
"Their enthusiasm was amazing," he says. 
So he offered them the auditorium, ordi- 
narily a venue for art flicks and foreign 
film festivals. 

Some 380 relatives and friends of 
the filmmakers, including most of the 
approximately 100 students who had 
been involved in the project, filled Remis 
to capacity. As the filmmakers made their 
way from the back of the auditorium to 
reserved seats at the front, whoops and 
cheers erupted, and the audience rose to 
give them a standing ovation. 

The nine films ranged in length from 
150 seconds to 1 1 minutes, taking as 
their subject matter all manner of campus 
crushes. The Burglars, for example, fea- 
tures a pair of good friends who return 
to campus for their 1 0th reunion and 
discover — after breaking into one of their 
old dorms on a whim — that they have 
feelings for each other. In Meehan's Game 
Face, Baldwin the Eagle turns out to be 
a shy young woman who is only able to 
work up the courage to tell a certain class- 
mate she likes him by putting on her eagle 
costume. A dialogue-free film, Sole Mates, 

shot entirely from the ankles down, shows 
a pair of feet in fuzzy, outsize slippers 
managing to lure more than one shapely 
pair of feet in high heels to his dorm room. 
Another, Apocalypse, about an off-campus 
student secretly in love with his female 
flatmate, features absurdist outbursts of a 
cappella singing. 

The film that elicited perhaps the most 
enthusiastic reaction was Mary Ann's 
Love Story (running time: six minutes), 

which depicts an over-the-top night at the 
notoriously divey Cleveland Circle bar 
that has been a favorite student hangout 
for decades. The film's lead character, an 
incongruous pompous patron, is played 
by Sutton Dewey '11, who in real life bar- 
tends at Mary Ann's. 

When the lights went up just over an 
hour later, the filmmakers were treated to 
a second standing ovation. They then field- 
ed questions ranging from how the project 
had come about to what kind of support 
they'd received from the film studies pro- 
gram (the department footed the bill for 
buses from campus to the MFA screening, 
but the directors were otherwise self- 
funded), and had director Mark Millner '11 
needed health department approval to 
film in the Mary Ann's men's bathroom? 
(Answer: No.) Afterwards, everyone filed 
back into the foyer, where the conviviality 
showed no sign of letting up, until muse- 
um guards materialized to explain that the 
building was closing, and the party would 
have to continue elsewhere. 

It did, at — where else? — Mary Ann's. 

The organizers began planning for a 
Valentine's Day reprise of the screening 
to take place on campus. Meehan hopes to 
make "BC, I Love You" available for pur- 
chase on DVD. ■ 

Sage Stossel is a Boston-based writer. 

Presidential award 

Associate professor of physics Willie J. Padilla has 
been named by President Barack Obama as a recipi- 
ent of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists 
and Engineers, given to individuals who "show ex- 
ceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of 
scientific knowledge." The award includes a $1 mil- 
lion, five-year grant to support his research. Padilla's 
current research focuses on metamaterials, composite 

structures whose subatomic architecture endows them with electromagnetic proper- 
ties not found in nature. In 2007, the Office of Naval Research recognized his work 
on condensed matter, selecting him as a member of the Young Investigator Pro- 
gram, which funds research by individuals showing "exceptional promise for creative 
study." Padilla joined Boston College in 2006 after working as a postdoctoral fel- 
low at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the 
University of California, San Diego. Physics department chairman Michael Naughton 
describes Padilla's work as "highly interdisciplinary . . . looking into areas like bio- 
medical uses of metamaterials." —Thomas Cooper 

photographs (from left): J.D. Levine; Lee Pellegrini 


1 1 

From left: Salam (obscured), Douthat, Hayao, and Landy, at Friday's session 

State of the nation 

By Dave Denison 

Over two days, optimists, pessimists, and realists convene 

Ts American power waning? Has the 
world's leading democracy entered a 
phase of irreversible decline? 

Dire questions — and yet optimism per- 
dured in a series of year-end discussions 
at Boston College, as students, members 
of the wider public, and guest speakers 
drawn from the country's think tanks, aca- 
deme, and the national press took a hard 
look at America's prospects. 

On Saturday, December 4, at the sev- 
enth annual Massachusetts Foundation for 
the Humanities symposium, hosted by the 
University in the Heights Room, two sets 
of panelists grappled with the question: "Is 
America in Decline?" One session focused 
on 'American Leadership Abroad," the 
second looked at "The Promise of America 
at Home." 

The previous evening, students had 
packed into Devlin 101 for a panel on 
"Decline and Fall? The Current Challenge 
to American Exceptionalism." Moderated 
by Boston College political scientist Marc 

Landy, the presenters included Kenji 
Hayao, an associate professor of political 
science, and Ross Douthat and Reihan 
Salam, authors of the 2008 book Grand 
New Party, on the future of the GOP. 
Douthat, an op-ed columnist for the New 
York Times, would also moderate the 
Saturday panels. 

Douthat would offer his own specula- 
tion about a cause of the country's "cur- 
rent declinist mood" — the "whipsawing 
effect of the politics of the last 10 years," 
as both conservatives and liberals have had 
hopes of political ascendancy followed by 
disappointment. But it was hard to discern 
a "declinist mood" in either the Friday or 
Saturday discussions. 


Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed 
(2009), kicked things off in the first 
Saturday session with an intentionally 
provocative and rosy scenario. "I am main- 
ly optimistic about America's place in the 

world," Easterbrook said. "I think the 21st 
century will be the American century. I 
think America's role in the world will con- 
tinue to increase, not to decline or shrink." 

Easterbrook noted that more coun- 
tries hold democratic elections than ever 
before. Acknowledging the rising power 
of certain authoritarian nations — he cited 
China — he said that if both the United 
States and China were to maintain their 
current rates of growth, "China would 
pass the U.S. [in GDP] in 2080, 2090, 
something like that. So, it might hap- 
pen, but it's not an immediate threat." 
Easterbrook was one of several speakers 
to cite an article by fames Fallows in the 
January 2010 Atlantic, in which Fallows 
noted that predictions of American ruin- 
ation run through the nation's history. 

Journalist Paul Starobin, a contributor 
to the National Journal and the Atlantic, 
provided a contrary response, allowing, 
"I'm the pessimist here." Drawing on 
arguments from his book After America: 
Narratives for the Next Global Age (2009), 
Starobin described a "post- American 
future" in which other nations gain eco- 
nomic strength and power. 

Starobin said he worries about the 
American "refusal to admit things have 
changed." He pointed to the rising power 
of Brazil. "For all kinds of reasons, we 
should be courting Brazil and looking 
at it in a more even relationship," yet 
Washington, he said, seems not to have 
acknowledged the shift. The United States 
must learn to be realistic in its foreign 
policy, Starobin said, defining "realism" 
as "matching one's aspirations with one's 

That theme was echoed by Peter 
Beinart, author of The Icarus Syndrome: A 
History of American Hubris (2010). "I think 
we've gotten too much in the business 
of defining the success of American for- 
eign policy by the frontiers of American 
power," Beinart said. "That's not histori- 
cally the way that America's best foreign 
policy thinkers defined whether a foreign 
policy was successful." 

Beinart said there ought to be an effort 
to "flip the way we talk about foreign 
policy and make it more centered on the 
concerns of average Americans, rather 
than America's place in a global chess 
game." That should lead, he said, to asking, 


BCM ♦ WINTER 2011 

photograph: Frank Curran 

"Are a whole series of wars and military 
expenditures that we can't pay for, that are 
pushing us further and further into debt 
and forcing us to deal with more and more 
savage domestic budgetary questions, 
actually undermining the prospects ot 
people at home?" 

"I'm neither an optimist nor a pessi- 
mist but rather an economist," said Carol 
Graham, a senior fellow at the Brookings 
Institution. Graham is the author ot 
Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of 
Happv Peasants and Miserable Millionaires 
(2010). Her remarks addressed the under- 
lying assumptions of "American excep- 
tionalism." examining just how unusual 
the United States is in its economic, politi- 
cal, and cultural strengths. 

In studies around the world, she said, 
"The determinants of happiness are 
remarkably similar — in countries rang- 
ing from the U. S. to Chile, to the U. K., 
to Afghanistan, to Central Asia." Though 
the United States ranks highest in wealth. 
Americans are outranked in the degree to 
which they report well-being, by citizens 
of the Netherlands, Sweden, and New 
Zealand, among others. Stable personal 
partnerships, good health, and reliable 
employment tend to be the most impor- 
tant elements of well-being, she said, add- 
ing that "everywhere we studied happiness 
the unemployed are much less happy than 
the employed, even in countries where 
they have full income replacement." 

In the question period after the panel- 
ists' remarks, Graham described a U.S. 
characteristic that might be exceptional. 
Asked whether other countries worry as 
much about their possible decline, she 
said, "No they don't. Because no other 
country, as far as I know, sees itself as the 
leader of the free world." She added, "At 
least to date there's nobody there to fill our 
shoes, so we better keep wearing them." 

The late afternoon session, on 
America's domestic challenges, delivered 
a mixed assessment, too. Peniel Joseph, 
a professor of history at Tufts University, 
and Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor at 
the Atlantic, described how racial minori- 
ties are more likely to face biased law 
enforcement and suffer the effects of 
structural unemployment. "We are cer- 
tainly in a precipitous decline from the 
dreams and the promises of American 

democracy as articulated by social move- 
ment leaders and reflected in the politics 
of the 1960s and the 1970s," Joseph said. 

"We spend our time talking about 
problems in the black community," Coates 
said. "I think one of the things we fail 
to connect is how what's going on right 
now — this 'second Jim Crow' — is connect- 
ed to almost any problem you can name 
within the African-American community." 

Journalist Alexis Gelber, however, 
noted the strides American women have 
made, especially in entrepreneurship. "If 
you're a woman in America, the country 
is not in decline," she said. Borrowing a 
metaphor from British political writer 
Timothy Garton Ash, Gelber defined the 
present moment in America as "a battle 
between the iPad and the filibuster," with 
a culture of technological ingenuity and 
innovation on the one hand, and on the 
other, a stiffening political gridlock. "I 
would describe myself as a pessimistic 
optimist. I worry in the short term but 
over the long term I have great faith that 
our country will do very well," she said. 


Saturday was primarily middle age and 
older, attendance at the Friday event at 
4:00 p.m. in Devlin Hall was dominated 
by 18-to-30-year-olds. 

Douthat told the overflowing, mainly 
student audience that he sees "a U.S. 
transformed, in slow decline." But he also 
conceded that, "from the point of view 
of human flourishing, a world where the 
United States declines relatively in certain 
ways can be a good thing." 

Professor Landy suggested there are 
"some aspects of American exceptionalism 
that we underrate." He noted the "open 
quality" of government in the United 
States, the regular chance to change 
course by virtue of frequent elections, and 
the continuing "vital and dynamic" charac- 
ter of local government. 

In questions to the panel, some stu- 
dents seemed more comfortable with the 
"rise of the rest" outlook than "American 
decline." Just because other nations are 
moving up doesn't mean the United States 
is moving down, suggested one student. 
But, countered another, if U.S. military 
power falters, might there be more wars 
around the globe? 

John Hering T 1, a political science 
major, asked the panelists whether the 
"rapid expansion and growth of more 
autocratic countries such as China" might 
"hurt the exportability of American liberal 

"I think it alreadv has," answered 
Salam. Yet China is far from proving its 
long-term prospects, and "going forward, 
I'm a mild optimist," Salam said. 

In a conversation after the discussion, 
Hering said he heard a number of points 
that he found encouraging. He was espe- 
cially struck by the idea that "a relative 

J J 

decline" in U. S. influence — due to the suc- 
cess of nations such as Brazil — is not nec- 
essarily a bad thing. "Maybe equalization is 
a byproduct of American success," he said. 

Daniel Geary, a Ph.D. student in politi- 
cal science, said he sees serious trouble 
ahead for the United States because of 
domestic fiscal pressures — "we have all 
these liabilities and we're going to have 
to fund them somehow." Yet, he doesn't 
envision a U.S. collapse. "I'm coming away 
sort of optimistic from this panel," he said. 

Yael Levin, a Ph.D. student focusing on 
political theory, said she is skeptical when 
she senses "a desire to portray America 
like the Roman Empire that's collapsing. 
A lot of people really want America to fail, 
from the very far left. And then the very 
far right sees America changing so much 
that they're afraid this is no longer the 
country they grew up in." Both positions 
seem "hyperbolic," she said. 

A recent Boston College graduate 
expressed similar views after the Saturday 
sessions. Cory Madigan '09 acknowl- 
edged frustration with the "hvperparti- 
sanship" in Washington and wondered 
whether America's political leadership 
can rise above it. Madigan, who works as 
a research associate at a technology and 
market research firm in Cambridge, said 
she would describe herself just as panelist 
Gelber did: as a "pessimistic optimist." 

"I'd sav we are in decline," she said, 


"but I'm not so cynical that I'd say we can't 
come out of it." ■ 

Dave Denison is a writer in the Boston area. 

The discussions "Is America in Decline?' 
and "Decline and Fall?" may be viewed 
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July 2010, with the doctored photo of a granite headstone that read "Startup 
Solasta . . . Closed Its Doors/Sold Its Assets RIP." Below that somber image, 
reporter Eric Wesoff s story explained how, despite $3.6 million in U.S. govern- 
ment grants and an ingenious technology developed by three Boston College 
professors, the Newton, Massachusetts, photovoltaics company Solasta had gone 
out of business after fewer than four years in existence, ordered to cease all opera- 
tions by its sole investor, a venture capital firm. "The wrenching process of startup 
closure is a difficult and inevitable part of the innovation culture in the United 
States," Wesoff wrote, before concluding breezily that "the investors will go on to 
fund more companies and the entrepreneurs will continue to innovate." 

Wesoff's assessment is hard to dispute. Yet viewed another way, Solasta's 
demise, along with the selloff of its laboratory equipment and the licensing of its 
advanced technology to South China Normal University in Guangzhou, raises 
questions about the prevailing "innovation culture," particularly in renewable 
energy, where so much depends on shifting market conditions and the actions 
of governments. Examined closely, Solasta's downfall, following its promising 
beginnings in 2006, is not a story of the everyday failure of dreams, and maybe 
not a story of failure at all. Rather it's a messy, sometimes maddening tale of 
high expectations, of breakthroughs trailed by months of frustration, of technical 
problems that appear mysteriously and disappear just as inexplicably, and (not 

opposite: From left, physicists Naughton, Ren, and Kempa in Boston College's clean room, where 
some of the work on their novel solar cell took place 

14 BCM * WINTER 20II photocraph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 

least) of the challenges of working with devices so tiny they 
cannot be seen without an electron microscope. 

Above all, perhaps, the events surrounding Solasta offer 
a glimpse of what can happen when scientific motives 
meet, and clash with, commercial ones. In this story, and 
presumably others like it, the scientists favor a methodical 
development process in which each step brings increased 
understanding of their new device and the underlying phys- 
ics, while the venture capitalists push hard for quick results. 
Would slow and steady development have produced success 
sooner than an all-out race to marketability? The scientists 
and venture capitalists do not agree. 


ably in early 2004, between physics professors Kryzstof 
Kempa and Zhifeng Ren. Both scientists had found their 
way to Boston College's faculty after growing up in com- 
munist societies, but in other ways they make for a study in 
contrasts. Of the three Solasta founders, Kempa, Ren, and 
physics department chair Michael Naughton, Kris Kempa 
is the only one with a parent who worked in a professional 
occupation. When Kempa was young, his father, an electri- 
cal engineer, set up a radio repair shop in their small Polish 
town, an enterprise frowned upon by the government, 
which discouraged private business. Kempa's father then 
found work at a power company, but he still liked to tinker 
with radio equipment. Father and son built an amateur radio 
transmitter together. "It was quite interesting," Kempa says, 
"because in communist Poland talking to people across the 
Atlantic was not the most politically correct thing to do. The 
secret police would come around and ask us, What the hell 
are you doing in there?'" 

Kempa followed his father's path to engineering school 
but switched to theoretical physics for his doctorate. He 
won a postdoctoral fellowship in West Berlin, slated to start 
in 1981, but in that Cold War year, he says, Polish authori- 
ties "considered my fellowship in [the West] an insult." 
Kempa sneaked into West Berlin on a tour bus. He wasn't 
allowed into Poland again until after the communist govern- 
ment fell, in 1 990, by which time he was already living in the 
United States and teaching at Boston College. 


height, and he tends to speak his mind. His friend and busi- 
ness partner Zhifeng Ren is soft-spoken, slight, and diminu- 
tive. Unlike the theoretician Kempa, Ren, who has his name 
on more than 20 patents and pending patents, says his work 
is aimed directly at improving people's lives. "Theoretical 
work is fun and important," he explains, "but [making] use- 
ful products is the ultimate goal." 

Ren's background may explain this emphasis. A farmer's 
son, he grew up in China's Sichuan province, in a house with 

a dirt floor and no plumbing. Sometimes food was scarce, 
and the family got by on two meals a day. As a boy Ren bene- 
fited from a change in Chinese education that came in 1976, 
after Mao Zedong's death. Before then, he says, "There 
was no formal system for college entrance. There was an 
informal recommendation system, and that was corrupted. 
If your parents were members of the Communist Party, you 
could go to college." Ren tested into high school in 1 978, and 
into college in 1980. By 1990 he had a master's degrees in 
materials science and a Ph.D. in physics. Asked how he chose 
these fields, he says, "I didn't have a choice. . . . Whatever we 
were assigned to study, we just put our heart into it." 

Ren arrived at Boston College in 1 999, after several years 
at the State University of New York in Buffalo, where Mike 
Naughton also taught. Over the years, Ren had developed a 
specialty in growing nanotube arrays, tiny forests of carbon 
fibers 100 nanometers thick — about one thousandth the 
diameter of a human hair. Because matter at the nanoscale 
takes on unusual properties, including unusual mechanical 
strength and efficient electrical and heat conduction, nano- 
tube arrays have applications and potential applications in 
products from textiles' to transistors and fields from building 
to reconstructive medicine. In 2000 Ren and Kempa started 
a small firm, NanoLab, to manufacture nanotubes for sale to 
other researchers and to look for novel applications. 

One day, the pair were talking casually, says Kempa: "I 
suggested to Zhifeng a crazy thing — that if you think about 
a radio antenna, it's a piece of wire, the length comparable 
to a wavelength of a radio wave." What kind of radiation, 
Kempa asked, has a wavelength comparable to the length of 
a carbon nanotube? 

The answer, as any physicist knows, is visible light, with 
a wavelength in the hundreds of nanometers. Soon, the 
two were capturing light with nanotube antennas. The 
innovation led to an article in the September 2004 Applied 
Physics Letters, which in turn led to notice in media such as and Reuters. 

Making headlines was, of course, terrific, but what real 
good was a nano-antenna? Getting to an answer involved 
a few steps. Naughton and Kempa thought the light that 
the nano-antennas captured was being converted to heat 
energy, which then dissipated into the air. What about coat- 
ing the nanotubes with a photovoltaic material such as sili- 
con, so that the light could be converted to electrical energy 
instead? That sounded good, but one big problem remained: 
how to harvest the electrical energy so that you could use it 
for power. Kempa came up with a plausible solution, a metal 
conductor that would be laid over the silicon, creating a 
nanoscale coaxial cable, a tiny relative of the wires that carry 
TV signals from the cable company. Interviewed in August 
2006, a year or so after that chat with Kempa, Naughton 
called this insight "the Eureka moment." 







After that, Naughton says, the pair discussed the nano- 
coax almost every day, eventually leading to another cru- 
cial insight: The nanocoax-based solar device could solve the 
problem that makes conventional solar cells so inefficient — the 
thick-thin problem. 

today's commercial solar cell, the kind that 
makes up the solar panel installed atop your neighbor's 
roof, consists of a slab of silicon sandwiched between two 
metal electrical conductors, the top conductor in the form 
of a grid. When light penetrates the grid and hits the silicon, 
it knocks an electron off each silicon atom it impinges on, 
so that light energy is converted to electrical energy. Ideally, 
each electron thus freed would migrate to one of the metal 
conductors, and thus an electrical current would flow. In the 
real world, however, this happens rarely, with most elec- 
trons simply wandering around in the silicon, never getting 
as far as the conductor. 

That's where the thick-thin dilemma comes in. The thick- 
er the silicon, the less likely it is that the electrons will be 
harvested — will make it out of the silicon and contribute to 
the flow of electrical current. The thinner the silicon, how- 
ever, the less light the cell is likely to absorb in the first place, 
and thus the fewer free electrons available for harvesting. 
Traditional solar cells, then, represent a compromise, their 
silicon thick enough to absorb a modest amount of light but 
thin enough to allow the harvesting of a modest number of 
electrons. Because of this compromise, their efficiency — the 
proportion of available light they convert to electricity — 
ranges from less than 5 percent to a still-low 30 percent. 

The nanocoax-based solar cell would work quite differ- 
ently, absorbing light along the nanotube's 10,000-nano- 
meter length (thick) while allowing the electrons to migrate 
to the metal layers across the tube's 50-nanometer radius 
(thin). The design represented not a compromise but some- 
thing much closer to optimal dimensions, both for light 
absorption and electron harvesting. Moreover, the design 
should work equally well with the cheap amorphous form 
of silicon as with the pricier crystalline form. 

Kempa's notion, then, promised to turn the photovolta- 
ics world on its head. 


the idea to fool with it in the laboratory. In late 2005, 

Kempa, with help from Naughton, wrote a proposal for 
grant money in a competition run by a state agency, the 
Massachusetts Technology Transfer Council; the proposal 
was funded for $25,000. The physicists, along with Jakub 
Rybczynski, a postdoctoral fellow from Poland, entered 
a second contest, the Ignite Clean Energy Business Plan 
Competition, sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum. In 
May 2006, the announcement came that the new solar cell 
design had taken second place, with a prize of cash and in- 
kind support valued at $35,000. That spring, Kempa, Ren, 
and Naughton incorporated as Solasta. The name came 
from Solas, a bar in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood where 
Naughton had recently stopped in for a beer. 

More important than the remittances, the wins attracted 
venture capitalists. The technology drew so much interest, in 
fact, that for two months in early 2006, between in-person 
visits and telephone calls from some 20 venture capital 
firms, the physicists were "ready to drop," said Naughton, 
who had emerged as the group's informal leader. 

"It's crazy! We can't get rid of them," Kempa groused. 
What was scheduled to be a 10-minute call with one suitor, 
he said, turned into an hour: "It started with 'That's very 
interesting. I'll send someone out' and ended with 'I'm com- 
ing out tomorrow!'" 

This particular investor, though, wasn't one whom the 
physicists wanted to be rid of. Bill Joy was something of 
a legend in his field, touted in the business press as "the 
Edison of the Internet" for his visionary software. In Silicon 
Valley, writes Malcolm Gladwell in his 2008 book Outliers, 
Joy engendered the same awe as Microsoft's Bill Gates, 
having played a central role in developing the Java program- 
ming language as well as Berkeley Unix, ancestor of the 
Unix operating system. 

In 2005, figuring that green technology was the econ- 
omy's next big act, Joy had become a partner in Kleiner 
Perkins Caulfield & Byers — KP, for short. This was a 
venture capital firm with the foresight to have bankrolled 
Amazon and Google in those corporations' infancy. 

In June 2006, the Boston College physicists signed a term 
sheet, an agreement whereby KP would invest $4 million 
in exchange for preferred stock amounting to half of their 
company. Interviewed that August, Naughton explained 
that he liked KP's deep Rolodex. "They can bring in exper- 
tise on . . . technical problems that we don't see but antici- 




pate," he said. The prospect of Joy's participation height- 
ened the attraction. During two months of due diligence 
following the signing, the questions asked by Joy suggested 
that despite his spotty physics background he knew plenty 
about photovoltaics, as much as some experts, Naughton 
thought. Joy had also grown a company, having cofounded 
the IT giant Sun Microsystems. Bill Joy would be a good guy 
to have aboard, that was for sure. 

Talks between KP and Boston College administrators 
began in late August — Boston College owned the rights to 
the nanocoax, which Kempa and the others had dreamed up 
and developed on the University's time. When those discus- 
sions concluded, work could begin in earnest. Naughton 
was feeling good. "I'm confident," he said, "that everything 
will come out rosy." 


months. The University, new to venture capital deals, was 
getting poor advice on what size chunk of Solasta to expect 
in return for giving Solasta the right to use the nanocoax 
technology, or so Naughton believed. In the end Boston 
College settled for a more than respectable 7 percent stake. 
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events. KP, jealous of its brand, doesn't advertise its failures; 
if Solasta did as well as hoped, there would be ample time 
for publicity. Naughton was happy, anyway, that the deal- 
making was over, but he also regretted lost development 
time, two months when competitors might be working on 
the thick-thin problem while Solasta was tied up with busi- 
ness details. He couldn't name a competitor with an idea 
close to Solasta's, but, as he explained, "We're afraid some- 
body will come out of left field . . . with a similar technology, 
who develops it sooner than we can do ours." 

The goal was to make up for lost time: to hire technical 
personnel and build and equip a laboratory, all by January 
2007. Meanwhile, research would proceed, using borrowed 
facilities as required. 

Turning carbon nanotubes into nanocoax involves three 
successive depositions — coating the nanotube first with 
metal, then with silicon, and finally with another layer of 
metal. Depositing the metals would require a device called 
a sputtering chamber, in which electrons bombard a metal 
target, creating a metallic cloud, some of which settles on the 
nanotubes. Solasta could use a sputtering chamber at Boston 
College for now. What the University lacked was something 
more exotic, a plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition 
(PECVD) chamber, inside of which silicon, in the form of 
silane, a silicon-containing gas, would be deposited on the 
nanotube with the aid of a powerful electrical field. Solasta, 
in the person of Jakub Rybczynski, the postdoctoral fellow 
who would become the startup's senior process engineer, 
was renting time on PECVD devices at MIT, Harvard, and 
Penn State — wherever Rybczynski could schedule a couple 
of hours to lay down silicon. 

Sadly, the occasional hour or two didn't advance the 
project much. Getting their own PECVD chamber had to 
be Solasta's first priority. A launch meeting was held in late 
October in a conference room in Higgins Hall. Naughton 
declared they would buy one of the chambers "even before 
we have someone to use it." 

At the long table sat Naughton, Rybczynski, Kempa, 
and Ren, along with Bill Joy and Mike Clary, Solasta's new 
CEO, brought in by KP. With his quiet manner and casual 
dress — he went tieless and often wore jeans — Clary didn't 
seem much like a corporate type, let alone a CEO, but he 
had put in 1 9 years at Sun Microsytems, where he served as 
a vice president and oversaw a research lab. 

Joy made a crucial contribution at that meeting, sug- 
gesting that Solasta fabricate traditional solar cells, known 
as "planar devices" because of their flatness, alongside the 
nanocoax version, to show whether Kempa's innovation 

left: Electron microscope images of a complete nanocoax solar cell, at 
the edge of the cell array (top) and in a tilted close-up (bottom). Their 
true color, viewed with the eye, would be pitch black. 


photograph: Jakub Rybczynski 

was actually boosting efficiency — and afterwards Naughton 
exulted. "He's psyched ... so committed to this project!" 


2006, Mike Clary set a goal of two working nanocoax solar 
cells b\ mid-December. Also at the November meeting. Bill 
Joy called for the drawing up of two experimental plans, 
one to get to 5 percent efficiency and the other to get to an 
unheard-of 70 percent. At a meeting in late January 2007, 
Naughton and Bob Clark-Phelps, an engineer who worked 
briefly for Solasta, laid out a goal of 20 percent efficiency 
within the year, to be followed, Clary said, by a second 
round of funding — vet Solasta hadn't even gotten into its 
lab cum office space, in a building in Newton's Nonantum 
section. Bv late February, the hope was to move in by late 
March. At a meeting in late March, no move-in date was 
mentioned. Studs and drywall were in place but little more, 
it wasn't clear exactly why, but Naughton blamed the build- 
ing management. 

Meanwhile, two postdocs had arrived from China, 
recruited via Ren's network, with Solasta reimbursing 
Boston College for their salaries. They'd been brought in for 
their silicon expertise, but the PECVD device they needed 
for their work, bought secondhand at a steep discount and 
temporarily parked in Higgins, had yet to be used for a sili- 
con deposition. It needed fine-tuning, apparently. 

In early May, Naughton tried something new to nudge 
the build-out along and save a few dollars: He showed up 
in Nonantum and helped install plumbing. Solasta had 
hired licensed plumbers to hook up dangerous gases such 
as silane, but he felt comfortable doing nonexplosive gases. 
"We physicists," he said, "are plumbers before we're any- 
thing else." 

The analogy may have been a stretch, but Naughton 
really did have roots in the building trades. Growing up one 
of eight children of a plasterer in Rochester, New York, he 
had plastered his way through college and graduate school. 
As a boy, he won his school's science prize, for building 
a scale model of an atomic reactor — with moving parts, 
including fuel rods — out of cardboard and other household 
supplies. But Naughton found science less compelling than 
sports. He spent hours playing hockey, wearing used skates 
and shin pads fashioned from old magazines. In college, he 
played the sport at the varsity level and didn't concentrate in 
physics until he was forced to declare a major, at the end of 
junior year. Yet soon enough he realized he had the knack. 
Of the 140 journal articles, on topics such as superconduc- 
tion and magnetic fields, that bear Naughton's name, more 
than a dozen date to his graduate school years. 

right: A focused-ion-beam image shows nanocoax layers. From bottom: 
silicon substrate, metal, amorphous silicon, and transparent conductor 

Frustration with the build-out peaked in early June 2007. 
Almost everything was ready now — gas cabinets, hook- 
ups, exhaust, sprinkler systems — but the fire department 
wouldn't issue permits. One day, complained Naughton, the 
inspectors would say they couldn't test a system unless it 
was turned on; the next day, they'd say you couldn't turn the 
system on until it had been tested. 

Last to go in were the fire alarms. Shortly after their 
installation, a signal from a cell phone set them off, and 
everyone working in the complex had to go out and stand in 
the rain, awaiting the arrival of fire trucks. 

"It was ridiculous," Naughton moaned, reporting on the 
incident a few days later. 


the city at last issued all needed permits. By mid-July Solasta 
already had its first working nanocoax solar cell, with 0.1 
percent efficiency. By early August, efficiency had risen to 
0.25 percent, the improvement due to the substitution of 
hydrogen for helium as the carrier gas that diluted the silane, 
for safety reasons, during silicon deposition. 

Depositions were not being done in the second-hand 
PECVD chamber, however — it still wasn't working. Instead, 
silicon deposition was taking place in a chamber built from 
spare parts by Ying Xu, one of the Chinese postdocs, at 
the suggestion of Zhifeng Ren. Ren lived by the motto 
"never get tied down to one system," he said. In an interview 
in August Kempa credited him with saving the project, say- 
ing flatly that without the homemade chamber, "We would 
be nowhere." 

Of course, for a project of Solasta's ambition, efficiencies 
of 0.25 percent were little better than nowhere. Nonetheless, 
0.25 percent exceeded by 100 times the efficiency of the 
planar cells the postdocs and Rybczynski were fabricating 

'hotocraph: Greg McMahon 



under comparable conditions. Solasta's configuration might 
actually be working. And better efficiency was coming soon. 


additives, called dopants, usually boron and phosphorus, 
that dramatically increase voltage, the force that makes 
electrical currents flow. Solasta's best sample, the 0.25 per- 
cent cell, was a primitive device using undoped silicon, but 
the postdocs Ying Xu and Yantao Gao, with long experi- 
ence of doping, were ready to start this process as soon as 
Middlesex Gases delivered the necessary ingredients — any 
day now, in other words. 

Thus, a meeting in mid- August 2007 had, on the whole, a 
cheery feel — on the whole, but not completely. CEO Clary 
warned that, at the current burn rate, funds would run out 
this time next year — a nightmarish prospect for the physi- 
cists, who, having barely gotten into the Nonantum lab, saw 
their progress in six weeks as near-miraculous. 

Bill Joy took a more optimistic tack. "Let's say by 
Christmas we have 7 or 8 percent," he said, "and a road map 
to get to 12 and 24 percent. We'd have a story we could use 
to raise the money to move faster, by hiring more people." 
The sooner they started the money hunt, the better, he said: 
"You've got ethanol companies trying to borrow $100 mil- 
lion to start manufacturing facilities, and they can't. Six 
months ago, they could have. Solar is hot now, but it could 
change, like ethanol." 

On the other hand, he added, solar didn't seem as likely to 
fade. With Germany aiming for a solar panel on every roof, 
and interest growing in China and India, unmet demand 
might be near-infinite. Joy, at 53, sounded like someone who 
knew whereof he spoke. He even had the look of an eccen- 
tric genius, pale and tall and very thin, with mussed hair and 
several days' growth of beard. 


ers," said Kempa, meaning the postdocs and Rybczynski, 
"are frantically working. We had to slow them down. They 
stay over the weekend, they don't sleep — a typical immi- 
grant attitude." 

By a mid-October meeting, the best nanocoax solar cell, 
the "champion," was getting almost 2 percent efficiency. 
Dopant concentrations and silicon thickness hadn't even 
been optimized yet, so further gains couldn't be far behind. 

Still, management wasn't celebrating; in fact, the people 
from KP seemed distracted. In August, Joy had talked about 
a target of 8 percent by Christmas; now he was talking about 
getting to 15 percent by Christmas — an efficiency Solasta 
would never actually achieve and wouldn't even approach 
for two more years. Clary was still fretting about the money 
clock, having moved his estimated cash zero date up a cou- 
ple of months, to June 2008. During the meeting, Ren and 

Kempa needled the CEO. Whenever Clary made a technical 
suggestion or asked them to update him on an aspect of their 
work, they said, Oh, no, we can't do that; that's research! The 
tone was kept light and jokey, but they seemed to be reacting 
to Clary's concern that the physicists hadn't yet made the 
pivot from a scientific mindset to an engineering one, from 
what can we learn? to how do we get to 15 percent? 

Back in February, Joy had exhorted the team to "learn to 
fail faster." It was a fashionable piece of business advice, but 
in context it meant abandoning ideas that didn't deliver fast 
results, even if the physicists believed they would prove out 
in the end. Thus, an early collaboration between Solasta and 
a Spanish university team that had proposed to deposit sili- 
con on Solasta's nanotubes using a cheap, fast "wet chem- 
istry" process was terminated after initial samples from the 
Spaniards were found to have short circuits. 

Similarly, at the October meeting, Clary vetoed the idea 
of trying a new metal — instead of aluminum, tin — for one 
of the conductors. Ying Xu thought tin would sputter faster 
while conducting as well as aluminum, but Clary didn't see 
the possible gain as being worth the time or potential com- 

Conflicts between business motives and scientific ones — 
between "what can we learn?" and "how can we get to 15 
percent?" — would recur at Solasta. Such disputes always 
flare up when companies ask scientists to turn new technol- 
ogies into products, says the New York University philoso- 
pher of science Michael Strevens. "Scientists are interested 
in the value of the knowledge they contribute for all time," 
he says. "It's quite natural that a company will want tech- 
nologies to move quickly to commercial viability, whereas 
scientists aren't all that interested in that. . . . Even if the 
product doesn't go anywhere, the scientist still gets credit 
for the ideas behind it." 

Reflecting on this disconnect as it played out at Solasta, 
Naughton says, "We [scientists] never lacked for ideas. 
Maybe the company wasn't the right forum for trying new 
ideas, but I'd rather have too many ideas than too few." 

"Kris Kempa was worried," Clary says, "about publish- 
ing papers. That doesn't win over investors. What wins over 
investors is efficiency numbers." 


the team came most of the way to 8 percent by March 2008. 
The actual number was 5.7 percent, and they had gotten 
there thanks to a radical design change suggested by 
Kempa, who had put it through computer simulation tri- 
als. In the old configuration, the nanocoax was joined to a 
nano-antenna. In the new, the nanocoax doubled as a nano- 
antenna. Crucially, in the new design, indium tin oxide (ITO) 
replaced aluminum as the top metal layer. Electrically con- 
ductive but also transparent, ITO, like the metallic grid atop 



a commercial solar cell, could both harvest electrons and 
allow light through to the silicon. Thus, the new design, in 
addition to solving some materials problems that had stalled 
progress late in 2007, improved performance by allowing 
[iorht collection along the full length of the nanocoax. 

In late February, Rybczynski, now a Solasta engineer, 
was looking to squeeze a few more percentage points' of 
efficiency from the new design by optimizing ITO deposi- 
tion. As ITO gets more conductive, he explained, it becomes 
less transparent, and vice versa. He was aiming for the sweet 
spot, the ideal tradeoff between transparency and conduc- 
tivity — which in practice meant finding the ideal oxygen-to- 
argon ratio for use inside the sputtering chamber. 

The work involved twisting dials, inserting the samples 
and metal target into the chamber, waiting for the chamber 
to pump down to a vacuum, timing the metal deposition, 
measuring completed samples using high-tech test equip- 
ment. "It can be boring," the affable Rybczynski confessed, 
smiling sheepishly. "You have to repeat things again and 
again with small changes." A few weeks later, he elaborated, 
saving, "There are certain steps that are every time the same. 
Monday and Tuesday, we prepare the bottom contact. 
Wednesday, we grow the silicon. Thursday, we deposit the 
top contact. Friday, we measure. Every week, the same. But 
every week we're making modifications and trying to opti- 
mize the conditions. When you're doing pioneering work, 
you have to do it in small steps and change one parameter 
at a time." 


cash date — but Solasta would survive a few more months, 
thanks to a $900,000 grant from the Department of Energy. 
Efficiency was stuck at around 6 percent, though, roughly 
where it had been six months before, with progress held 
back by the mysterious problem of nanotube babies, dwarf 
versions of the full-size nanotubes that had suddenly begun 
appearing in the nanotube arrays coming out of Ren's lab. 
Towered over by the other nanotubes, which were some 
20 times their height, the babies didn't get fully coated dur- 
ing depositions, resulting in samples with abundant short 
circuits. For months, in fact, most samples hadn't produced 
any current at all. At a meeting back in April, Bill Joy had 
said, "This isn't as easy to do as we thought." 

Nobody knew what was causing the babies, nothing had 
been changed in the nanotube fabrication process, but by 
the time they'd been made to go away, possibly by changing 
a few fabrication parameters, Solasta had switched from 
a nanotube-based solar cell to one using silicon nanopil- 
lars. Uniform in height and spacing, the pillars came from 

The cylindrical "canister" at right, in the University's clean room, is part 
of a sputtering chamber used by the team to deposit metal layers. 

a company in North Carolina that manufactured them to 
specification. Efficiency might be stuck at 6 percent, but 
yield — the proportion of samples that actually worked — 
shot up dramatically with the nanopillars, from around 10 
percent to something like 75 percent. 

Progress on efficiency could now resume. The physicists 
were planning a couple of tweaks — increasing nanopillar 
length as a way of increasing light collection, and increasing 
the bang from the nanocoax by packing the pillars closer 
together. Before trying these ideas, however, the team had 
to get past a major roadblock. In their nanocoax fabrica- 
tion, the silicon and especially the top metal layer, the ITO, 
had always gone on unevenly, with a thinner coating lower 
on the nanopillar or nanotube and a thicker coating up 
top, so that the final product, viewed through an electron 
microscope, looked like a squadron of soldiers in beefeater 
hats. The hats were blocking light from the lower part of 
the nanocoax, or maybe the unevenness of the coatings 
was interfering directly with the workings of the nanocoax. 
Either way, the unevenness — the "conformality problem," 
as the physicists called it — seemed to be suppressing effi- 



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ciency. Increasing the length of the nanopillars or the den- 
sity of the array promised only to make things worse. 


at 6 percent and change. The team had tried zinc oxide 
instead of ITO for the top conductor, and while the zinc 
compound went on more uniformly, it hadn't been con- 
ducting too well so far. At a meeting in December, though, 
the physicists were engrossed in a different issue: Electron 
microscope images had shown lines of nanopillars fallen 
like so many matchsticks in almost every recent sample. 
Had the samples all been scratched or dropped? Unlikely, 
since they'd come from different runs and had been stored 
in separate plastic cases. Bill Joy had stopped flying in for 
meetings — he either thought Solasta was doing fine without 
him, or he'd simply lost interest — but Mike Clary was there, 
and he tried to refocus on what he saw as the bigger picture, 
asking how Solasta could accelerate progress by increasing 
throughput, the number of samples cranked out in a week. 
Inevitably, he got drawn back into small-bore discussion, 
the fallen nanopillar detective story. 

Meanwhile, the investor hunt kept being postponed, 
awaiting better efficiency, which would push up the value of 
company shares and by extension the size of any B-round 
capital infusion. Luckily, Solasta had captured another gov- 
ernment grant, $2.7 million, from the National Renewable 
Energy Laboratory (NREL), the money to be paid out in 
installments as the team hit specified efficiency targets — the 
first three were 6.5, 8, and 10 percent. 


possibly owing to, a cleaning of the PECVD device — but in 
February 2009, efficiency remained around 6 percent, and 
samples still suffered from beefeater syndrome. 

Then, in March, efficiency started creeping up for the 
first time in a year, thanks to a counterintuitive move. 
Instead of increasing the density and length of the nanopil- 
lars, as originally planned, the team had done the opposite, 
hoping that with shorter, more loosely packed pillars, the 
silicon and metals would go on more conformally. Having 
perfected their depositions with shorter, loose-packed pil- 
lars, they might eventually go back to taller and denser ones, 
further boosting efficiency. But for now they were closing in 
on 8 percent months ahead of the NREL schedule. 

In May 2009, with money tight, Clary finally hit the road, 
pitching investors with a PowerPoint slide show. By June he 
had gotten 20 rejections out of some two dozen presenta- 
tions, with the rest "moving through the due diligence and 
pull-back-the-covers stage," he reported. With the way the 
economy was going, he said, "Investors are taking a longer 
look. Time is on their side, not ours." 

By July, two investors remained in the mix. One was still 
kicking tires; the other made a lowball money offer, along 
with what Clary thought were unreasonable demands. "A 
lot of times in these deals, you've got to say no," he told a 
meeting at Solasta late that month. On the way out of the 
meeting room, he talked about the state of green tech invest- 
ing. "Everyone's just skittish as hell," he said, "especially 
with the price of oil dropping. You can't believe how hard 
it's been." 


For a while now meetings have been more crowded, with 
added personnel including two lab techs, an engineer with 
a photovoltaics background, and three more doctoral level 
physicists. Engrossed in another detective story, the team is 
trying to determine the source of some contamination that 
seems to have gone away in recent sample runs. Clary is on 
speakerphone from Colorado, where he lives part-time, and 
from his tone of voice it's clear he has little patience for this 
discussion. He wants to talk instead about how to get to 10 
percent, from the present 8.5 or so. Solasta's amorphous 
silicon is very close to the world's best now, judging from 
the way their planar cells are functioning, so maybe it's time 
to stop trying to squeeze more efficiency out of the silicon. 
Maybe it's time to think about things like adding an antire- 
flective coating, an ARC, to the top conductor. 

The ARC is trivial, Kempa replies. Solasta can add one 
any time, in a matter of five minutes. Under the terms of 
the NREL grant, they don't need to get to 1 percent until 
February, anyway. 

"We have a game plan," echoes Ren, "but the game has 
just started, and you are too anxious." 


Joy and Clary on the speaker and Naughton in his office in 
Higgins Hall — was scheduled with just an hour's warning, 
on February 26, 2010. KP was pulling the plug on Solasta. 


Their analysts had reassessed the market for amorphous sili- 
con photovoltaics — that was the extent of the explanation. 

Bill Joy did not respond to messages requesting an 
interview about Solasta's shutdown, but it seems likely 
that several external factors contributed to KP's decision. 
First, in response to high worldwide demand, new facilities 
had sprung up recently to manufacture crystalline silicon, 
the price of which then began to drop, cutting into the 
price advantage enjoyed by amorphous silicon. According 
to Mike Clary, the demise of cap-and-trade legislation in 
the U.S. Senate was also a "huge" factor in KP's move; by 
declining to apply a cost to carbon emissions, Clary says, 
the Senate, in effect, dramatically slowed renewable energy 
development. Also key to the decision was the failure to find 
a second investor. The shutdown, Clary sums up, was "more 
a commentary on the state of the market at the time" than on 
the Solasta technologv. 

Naughton blames the shutdown partly on unrealistic 
expectations that grew from KP's roots in information tech- 
nology. "In IT," he says, "a half dozen engineers can hack 
code for three weeks straight and come out with something 
of value. And you can't do that with materials. The whole 
venture capital community underestimated the realities of 
moving forward restricted by materials. The scientists, me 
included, underestimated that." 

Clary disagrees, saying, "KP's expectations were realis- 
tic given the diligence that had been done on the [Solasta] 
technology. . . . KP stuck with it a long time. We never saw 
runaway success in terms of efficiency. We saw something 
that was good but not runaway success." As to the idea, 
expressed by Naughton and Kempa, that Solasta had been 
undercapitalized, he says KP's investment was intended "to 
prove there was an effect of a significant nature. I don't think 
you need tens or twenties of millions to prove that." 


news of Solasta's shutdown was received with shock, says 
Martha Symko-Davies, who oversees the program that pro- 
vided the company's $2.7 million grant. Having just exceed- 
ed 1 percent at the time of the shutdown, Solasta was "mak- 
ing extremely good progress," Symko-Davies says. "I've had 
other companies that are trying to do similar technologies, 
and Solasta was leaps and bounds ahead." Of the fact that 
Solasta technology is now licensed by KP (as preferred 
shareholder) to a Chinese university, after millions of U.S. 
taxpayer dollars were invested in the firm, she says, "That 
pretty much kills me." In the United States, she adds, "We 
do not have a strong enough system [for supporting green 
technologies] relative to the entire world, let alone China." 

Kris Kempa agrees. "China," he says, "makes an enor- 
mous investment in green technology, and it's long term 
compared to the American approach. An enormous amount 

of money is thrown at all sorts of technologies, even though 
they may not be the best ones in the end. But it creates an 
environment for vibrant research." 

Kempa argues that the effort to show fast results crowded 
out fundamental research that would have brought Solasta 
a better outcome. The last samples sent to NREL used 
such a low nanopillar height that they were barely Solasta 
devices at all; Kempa wonders whether their efficiency, a 
near world record for amorphous silicon at more than 10.5 
percent, was actually coming from the nanocoax or just 
from Solasta's growing prowess at laying down amorphous 
silicon. Instead of shortening the pillars, Solasta should have 
modified their shape, he says, a fundamental solution that 
would ultimately have allowed the team to start increas- 
ing pillar length, and thus efficiency. The technique had 
been tried in fall 2009 and showed promise of solving the 
conformality problems, but it was not the fastest way to 10 
percent, and so it was back-burnered. "We [used] thousands 
of small tricks to avoid the best solution," Kempa says. "Our 
device in the end became a patchwork of shortcuts." 

And yet Solasta doesn't sound like a failure to Strevens, 
of NYU. "The fact that the technology was sold," he says, 
"suggests that it was worth something and that these ideas 
will continue to be developed." 

Kempa himself says Solasta "was not a scientific failure, 
absolutely not. It was not even a technological failure. We 
still have the best nanostructured solar cell ever made." 
Nonetheless, he doesn't completely regret the company's 
demise. "We were in such a pressure, such a stress," he says. 
"To me it was a little bit of a relief." 

Kempa has hardly abandoned scientific research, the 
Solasta letdown notwithstanding. As ever, he has multiple 
projects ongoing, in fields ranging from nanoplasmonics to 
nano-optics to radio optics. Ren, for his part, has secured 
grants amounting to a yearly budget of $1 .5 million to focus 
on energy conversion challenges over the next several years. 
And Mike Naughton is involved with half a dozen current 
research projects. In one, he and colleagues from the biology 
department are creating nanostructures to serve as sensors 
for detecting, among other things, cancer cells and chemical 
explosives. In another project, he's working with organic 
materials that superconduct at low temperatures, and in yet 
another he's hoping to develop nanostructured subretinal 
implants for use in treating blindness. 

He seems to have moved past Solasta, but he still harbors 
complicated feelings about what transpired there. "If I try 
and stand back and look at it in the money person's shoes, 
you're in it to make money," Naughton says. "When you 
look at it from my side, it's We put our heart and soul into 
this, and we could have used more run time.'" ■ 

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e live in hard, or hard/s/z, times for the liberal arts. In 
Britain, higher education faces incipient misery and chaos thanks to the government's new policy of shifting 
the burden of funding onto student tuition fees. Higher education in the United States may be in a less dire 
situation but it has been suffering — and will no doubt go on suffering — the side-effects of the recession. 

An old saying has it that we all know we're going to die, 
but you can only live by thinking you're immortal. So what 
I'd like to do is close my eyes to reality and produce a conser- 
vative, indeed extravagant, defense of liberal education. Not 
a defense of the arts and humanities alone, but of a concept 
bigger and a lot more critical. 

First, however, a little autobiography to back up my 

opposite: Robert Rauschenberg's Bellini 3 (1989) 

photograph: Art © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY 

I was born in London during an air raid, on the day the 
German armies invaded the Low Countries in 1 940. 1 started 
school on more or less the day peace broke out in 1945. One 
of my grandfathers drove a truck, and the other was a coal 
miner. Both my parents left school at the age of 1 3. My father 
went to work as a boy clerk, my mother as a housemaid. They 
were highly intelligent. They both knew that their lives had 
been cramped by not having a better education, and they 
were determined I was going to get one. 

I was part of a social project growing out of the Labour 



government in 1945, whose underlying 
doctrine was that only the very best is good 
enough for the working classes — that we 
hadn't all pulled together in the Second 
World War only for the possessing classes 
to lock away the riches of human culture 
the moment the war ended. 

My elementary class went to art galleries 
and museums. We heard Malcolm Sargent 
and the London Symphony Orchestra play 
Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to 
the Orchestra. We were taken to Kenwood 
House to look at Gainsboroughs. What 
the school didn't provide, the local public 
library did, or my parents, who took me around the British 
Museum on weekends. 

But I was not merely a working-class child. I was also, in 
the English jargon, a scholarship boy. It's an important dis- 
tinction in England. I got my education at Christ's Hospital, 
a boarding school that gave poor, working-class kids, or 
non-working-class kids who had lost their fathers in the 
war, a very high-quality academic education for free. 

Christ's Hospital is funded by its endowment, which 
comes from its alumni. Because the school still only takes 
poor children, the students who go on to prosper in their 
careers can't send their offspring there; instead, they give 
money. I suspect that those of us who are deeply conscious 
of the riches we were offered for nothing have a stronger 
sense than most that we should pass on something equiva- 
lent to what we received. I'm tempted to contrast that with 
the attitude of England's present leaders, coming from Eton 
and Westminster. 






found liberation in my education. And what is "libera- 
tion"? My view is that its meaning emerges in the familiar 
words of the Book of Common Prayer, where we address the 
Almighty God "whose service is perfect freedom." Which is 
to say, liberation is the freedom one gets from discipline. In 
education, discipline is the subordination of oneself to the 
intellectual demands of a subject that one tries to take seri- 
ously. A liberal education involves the pursuit of a subject for 
its own sake, for seeing where knowledge will lead. 

Incidentally, as a devout atheist, I nevertheless do not 
see how it is possible to make anything of one's life without 
knowing how to use the language and intellectual apparatus 
inherited from people who held religious beliefs, people 
who were moved by the same human concerns as we are, 
whether we share their beliefs or not. Their language seems 
to me to make the right kind of sense, and indeed reflects 
the sort of seriousness that we must bring to education. 

So this is my definition: A liberal educa- 
tion is one that is structured in its content, 
intention, and mode of delivery by the dic- 
tates .of the discipline, and by the demands 
of enabling students to master it insofar as 
time and their capacities allow. 

This is not to exclude hands-on educa- 
tion. It is necessary to think our way into 
most things through our fingertips. One of 
the great fake contrasts is between liberal 
education and vocational training. Liberal 
education is vocational in the sense that 
it equips us to deal with anybody, to deal 
with colleagues and the world at large, to 
express what we are about, to understand what others — our 
clients, customers, competitors — are about. 

Practical skills come in all shapes. One of the best ways 
to learn anything is to try to do it yourself. I remain con- 
vinced, for instance, that the only way to get your mind 
around Corneille and Racine is to get your hands around 
composing half a dozen lines too. I write this even as I admit, 
unhappily, that I have bitter memories of my own effort to 
write alexandrines in French at age 16. I haven't revisited 
the scene of the disaster since, which is to say that a certain 
amount of kindness towards the frailties of the mind should 
always be exercised. I still find, reading Homer, that I can't 
get the beat of the Greek. We shouldn't assume we can do it 
all. Nonetheless, we should try to see what it would be like to 
get good enough at something to liberate ourselves. 

Unfortunately, the British experience with true liberal 
education is not very inspiring. There was a welcome break 
with tradition in the 1960s, when the so-called plate-glass 
universities were created (the term comes from the archi- 
tectural style many of them adopted). These institutions 
were novel in having more curricular autonomy than British 
higher education had in the past, as well as in their green- 
field locations outside generally attractive towns such as 
Brighton and Canterbury. They were avowedly modeled 
on the American liberal arts college, but only one actually 
emulated the American curricular style with its emphasis on 
general education; this was the place where I cut my teeth. 

Keele University had been set up deliberately to intro- 
duce liberal arts education of an American kind to England. 
Founded in the late 1940s, it always struggled financially, 
however, and the Korean War led to its government funding 
being halved. Keele never really recovered. 

The program was very expensive to run — it took four 
years to earn a degree there that other universities conferred 
in three. Keele featured a common first year, a foundation 
year that started with a lecture by an astronomy professor, 
who said, essentially: This is the Universe. Then the geol- 
ogy department: Here is the world. The geographers: Here 



is Europe. The classicists: Here is ancient Greece. Unlike 
students at other British universities, who conventionally 
earn their degree in a subject chosen before they arrive, half 
of Keele's students changed their minds in the first year and 
took up something else. Interestingly, more students gradu- 
ated from Keele with joint honors in philosophy than in any 
other subject. 

Because this was a terrific way to educate people and cost 
a lot, it was, of course, stopped. After 1992, Keele became 
much like the rest, and is now simply a small, rather hard-up 
university, sitting on a damp field outside Stoke-on-Trent, 
Staffordshire. It is one of the great English missed oppor- 
tunities, and speaking as a loyal former teacher, whenever I 
think of it I become enraged. 


sav this fiercely: It is essential to recognize, and practice, 
real intellectual inquiry. Social, psychological, and intellec- 
tual liberation hunt together. 

Liberal education's function is to kick us out of habitual 
modes of belief, out of our comfort zones. And the first ele- 
ment in liberation is to appreciate the truth that we might 
have lived elsewhere, and at a different time, and that, if we 
had, the world would have seemed very different, morally, 
intellectually, and politically. This is to say that we need to 
appreciate the full extent of our capacity for being astute and 
our capacity for being obtuse. 

Consider, for example, the Athenians. I believe devoutly 
that Athenian democracy was vastly superior to anything 
we practice in America or Britain in the 21st century. I 
think that choosing a legislative body by lottery is prefer- 
able to elections, and that the modern world was sold bv the 
Romans on the idea that the people must be controlled and 
managed, and we never should have accepted it. 

Nonetheless, devoted as I am to the Athenians, I do not 
think they behaved well when they massacred the inhabit- 
ants of the island of Melos. They didn't do it in a fit of rage. 
They didn't do it because they were terrified out of their 
skins. They did it — well, why did they do it? It is unclear 
what might have been going on in their minds. Can the 
people who killed every adult Melian male and sold the rest 
into slavery be the same people who watched the tragedies 
of Sophocles and Aeschylus? How can they have internal- 
ized (as they did) dramatic depictions of the horrors of war 
and widowhood, and then go out and inflict them? So one 
asks, who are these people? Do they belong to the same race 
as ourselves? What's going on? 

At this instant, the strangeness of the Greek moral world 
comes home to us powerfully. What I want to say is, don't 
step away. Don't give up. Don't sigh, "Perhaps there is no 
justice after all," or "Perhaps one way of behaving isn't any 

better or worse than another, then." Take ownership of your 
capacity for contradiction. 

Gaining this capacity is an important part of what educa- 
tion, a liberal education, has to offer. But one shouldn't con- 
clude, therefore, that an academic discipline cannot produce 
value judgments. (There was a big craze in academe for this 
position not long ago.) One does not need to lose the power 
of judgment, but rather to understand how judgments are 
made by other people, how their behavior is driven. I don't 
doubt that after the Melian massacre even the Athenians 
thought the action was disgusting. 


JL here is a tendency to view liberal education as having 
a therapeutic function, as leading a person to be readily 
accepting of opposing standpoints, to embrace otherness. 
My view is the reverse. It is the key to learning to suspend 
judgment sufficiently so that a person can start asking the 
questions that are unnerving. 

In fact, one of the great difficulties of contemporary 
teaching is that there is too much talk about respect — of cul- 
tures, and so on — which has resulted in restrictions on what 
can be said in the classroom. To be sure, free-fire insults 
swiftly become diseducative. But in the classroom everyone 
has got to feel safe enough that no matter what is said, it is 
possible for all to step back the necessary few feet to start a 
dispassionate inquiry. Without that environment, learning 
is almost impossible. 

One great good that liberal education can achieve is to 
anchor us — or perhaps to re-anchor us — in this world. The 
question remains how are we to be "at home" here without 
becoming the unreflective creatures of habit that liberal 
education is meant to keep us from being. In this regard, 
I can't help allowing some areas of study priority over 
others, especially those that enable us to achieve a certain 
ownership of human culture. In the end, however — and I 
say this strongly — it is the disciplined approach that carries 
the day. a 

Alan Ryan is a visiting scholar at Princeton University and the author 
of liberal Anxieties and Liberal Education (1998). From 1996 to 2009 he 
served as warden (head) of New Coilege, Oxford University, and is a 
past director of Oxford's Rothermere American Institute. His essay is 
drawn from a talk he gave in the Heights Room on November 13, part 
of a daylong symposium sponsored by Boston College's Institute for 
the Liberal Arts titled "Old and New Territories: Remapping the Liberal 
Arts for the 21st Century," which also featured presentations by John 
O'Malley, SJ, of Georgetown University, Catharine Stimpson of New 
York University, Louis Menand of Harvard University, and Stanley Fish 
of Florida International University. 

View Alan Ryan's talk, and others from the symposium on 
"Remapping the Liberal Arts," at Full Story, 

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28 In the image 

To pray with an icon 

31 'Spiritually rising' 

Preparing the laity 

In the image 

By Khaled Anatolios 

To pray with an icon 

story "Parker's Back," completed 
shortly before her death in 1 964, the main 
character, O.E. Parker (his initials stand 
for the biblical names Obadiah Elihu), 
meets and marries a very plain and rigidly 
pious woman, Sarah Ruth. She confounds 
him endlessly and he cannot seem to love 
her or leave her. Before meeting Sarah 
Ruth, the one passion in Parker's existence 
had been tattoos. He had inscribed his 
flesh with one tattoo after another until 
only his back was clear. Then, sometime 
after his marriage, he receives a violent 
visitation of divine grace. His tractor 
crashes into a tree, upturns, and bursts 
into flame, and he survives. Once again 
he has the urge to get a tattoo. Leaving 
behind the burning tractor, he gets into his 
truck and heads for the tattoo shop. 

"Let me see the book you got with all 
the pictures of God in it," Parker said 

breathlessly. 'The religious one." . . . 

"Oh," said the artist. . . "Who are you 
interested in . . . saints, angels, Christs, 
or what?" 

"God," Parker said. 

"Father, Son, or Spirit?" 

"fust God," Parker said impatiently. 
"Christ. I don't care. Just so it's God." 

The artist shows him a large book filled 
with images, and Parker is drawn to one: 

the haloed head of a flat stern Byzantine 
Christ with all-demanding eyes. He sat 
there trembling; his heart began slowly 
to beat again as if it were being brought 
to life by a subtle power. 

With the icon inscribed on his back, 
Parker rushes home, eager to show Sara 
Ruth this sign of their new communion in 
faith. But his wife is outraged: "Idolatry!" 
Sarah Ruth screams. "Idolatry! Enflaming 
yourself with idols under every green 



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left: Nativity scene, Novogorod School, 15th century (21 "x 17"). right: Christ, the Law-Giver, sixth century (33" x 1 

tree!" She drives Obadiah Elihue from the 
house with a broom. The story ends with 
him leaning against a lone pecan tree, "cry- 
ing like a baby." 

Parker may seem the more sympathetic 
character in this tale, but one shouldn't 
dismiss Sarah Ruth's outrage. A certain 
objection to the notion that we can pre- 
sume to see the divine is arguably a prime 
ingredient of the Christian tradition. The 
Old Testament contains express prohibi- 
tions against images of the divine, as in 
Exodus: "You shall not make for yourself a 
graven image, or any likeness of anything 

that is in heaven above You cannot 

see my face. No one can see my face and 
live." In the New Testament, we are told in 
the gospel of John, "No one has ever seen 
God." And the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, 
the tradition that I belong to and know 
best, says that God is "beyond description, 
beyond understanding, invisible, incom- 

prehensible." We cannot see God, and the 
presumption to see God is a deep viola- 
tion of the fudeo-Christian revelation. 
Point to Sarah Ruth. 

But if our relationship to God must 
always transcend seeing, it also transcends 
not-seeing. Alongside the Old Testament's 
prohibition on images, there are accounts 
of the presence of God rendered some- 
how visible. God leads the people of Israel 
out of Egypt under a cloud by day and 
fire by night, and the prophets are given 
visions of the heavenly throne. In the gos- 
pel of John, Jesus says, "He who has seen 
me has seen the Father." 

In our own time, the Catholic philoso- 
pher Jean-Luc Marion speaks of two ways 
of visually encountering the divine. One 
way he associates with the idol and the 
other with the icon. An idol claims to ful- 
fil] the human gaze that seeks the divine. 
But, he writes, "The gaze can never rest or 

settle [on] an icon; it always must rebound 
upon the visible, in order to go back in it 
up the infinite stream of the invisible." 


as that found in the catacombs in Rome 
and other locations, tended to be symbol- 
ic, pertaining especially to the sacraments 
of baptism and the Eucharist, as repre- 
sented by the ark, for example, and the 
lamb. From these beginnings grew a more 
representational art, which by the fourth 
century led to the relatively widespread 
display of icons — images of Jesus and of 
various saints — in churches and public 
places. Enthusiasm for icons was fanned 
in 45 1 , when the Council of Chalcedon 
declared Jesus Christ to be both divine and 
human, "without change, without division, 
without separation," thereby affirming the 
integral humanity of Jesus. 

By the seventh century, however, the 

paintings (from left): Gallerie di Palazzo Leoni Montanari; Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sina 



Rublev's Trinity, early 15th century (56" x 45") 

appreciation for icons was being carried to 
excess. St. Anastasius of Sinai complained, 
for instance, that some people were too 
busy kissing icons to pay attention to the 
Divine Liturgy. Such abuse, perhaps cou- 
pled with a defensive reaction to a ban on 
images by the rapidly expanding religion 
of Islam, led some Christians to advocate 
a return to immaterial worship. The early 
iconoclasts (literally, "icon-breakers") 
argued that an icon, by its nature, pur- 
ports to depict either Christ's humanity 
separate from his divinity or divinity itself, 
both of which were impermissible. Under 
the Byzantine emperor Leo III, who 
reigned from 717 to 741, this view gained 
imperial force; decrees were issued forbid- 
ding the veneration of icons, and the epis- 
copacy was purged of those who might 
object. Thus matters stood until the reign 
of the empress Irene (780-802), who 
herself practiced the veneration of icons. 

In 787, the bishops at the Second Council 
of Nicaea (the last ecumenical council of 
the undivided Church) affirmed the legiti- 
macy of icon veneration, holding that the 
material image referred the beholder to 
the divine. 


erally center on the Eastern, and especially 
the Byzantine, tradition. By this I mean 
those churches that are historically derived 
from the Greek Church of Constantinople 
and whose customary Eucharistic liturgy 
is that of St. John Chrysostom: princi- 
pally the Greek and Russian Orthodox 
Churches and their Catholic counterparts. 
There is a seriousness in the Eastern prac- 
tice of praying with icons that surpasses 
the conception of the icon as a mere visual 
aid to worship. It is a kind of sacramental 
seriousness, in which the iconographer 
and the viewer collaborate in affirming 

creation's transparency to the divine in an 
offering of prayer and thanksgiving. Three 
of my favorite images, each in their own 
way, exemplify this experience. 

The icon I usually pray with is Christ the 
Law-Giver (page 29, right) from a sixth- 
century monastery in Sinai. The visage is 
tempered with gentleness, but in it you see 
the primacy and authority of Jesus — O.E. 
Parker saw this too, in the "all-demanding 
eyes" of his Christ tattoo. You do not so 
much look at Jesus in this icon or even 
look past the image to a greater invis- 
ible reality — rather, Jesus looks at, and 
through, you. The experience is that of 
being seen, more than seeing. 

I also like this icon because Jesus is 
holding the Scriptures, which is common 
in Byzantine depictions of Christ. Their 
presence relativizes his physical presence, 
as if to say that Jesus is to be perceived less 
in the depiction of a face than in the full- 
ness of the Word. 

The painting displays stylistic features 
common to many icons — the golden aura, 
representing divinity; the hand uplifted in 
blessing, with two raised fingers signifying 
the unity of divine and human nature; the 
thumb and two remaining fingers touch- 
ing to represent the Trinity. 

Typically at the center of an icon, 
there's a human face with a strong gaze. If 
not, there's a dramatic event, such as the 
Resurrection or the Nativity. In a Nativity 
icon that I sometimes pray with, an early 
1 5th-century rendering from the Russian 
Novgorod School (page 29, left), the cen- 
tral figure is that of the baby Jesus, whose 
infant size is accentuated by the elongated 
figure of Mary beside him. The contrast 
between the two dramatically expresses 
the paradox of the God who became 
small, celebrated by St. Ephrem in the 
fourth century. 

The absence of depth perspective lifts 
this icon out of mere representational his- 
tory. With its flattened aspect, time and 
space are somehow timeless and placeless, 
which is to say that all that you see in the 
image is happening now, here in front of 
you, as you pray with the icon. 

Another appealing feature of this scene 
is the human interaction between Joseph 
and Mary, in which faith is tested but ulti- 
mately affirmed. In the lower left corner, 
Joseph has turned away from Mary, and 




painting: © Scala/Art Resource 

he is being tempted by the devil, who no 
doubt is suggesting that Mary has betrayed 
her husband and slept with another man. 
\ larv is looking aw av from the baby 
[esus and toward Joseph, with sympathy, 
compassion, and maybe hurt feelings. But 
ultimately an atmosphere of openness to 
the miraculous event of the Nativity suf- 
fuses the scene — in the expansive wings of 
the angels, the generosity of the wise men, 
the blasting horn of the shepherd. Joseph, 
even in temptation, recoils physically from 
the devil, with hope in his eyes. 

The third icon I especially like was cre- 
ated bv the Russian iconographer Andrei 
Rublev, who lived in the early 15th cen- 
turv (opposite page). Many people know 
it as Rublev's Trinity. It does not depict 
the holy Trinity, but rather the story 
from Genesis in which three men visit 
Abraham, who prepares a meal for them, 
and who receives from them the promise 
that his wife Sarah will bear a child in her 
old age. 

There is no focal figure in this scene. 
Instead, the three are turned toward one 
another in a circle of seeing, a unifying 
effect that symbolizes the mutual indwell- 
ing of the divine Trinity. 

The visitors are seated around a sac- 
rificial table. In the story, as we know, 
the promise to Abraham will be fulfilled. 

Sarah will bear Isaac. But Abraham will be 
tested by a call to give up his only son in 
sacrifice to God. In early Christian exege- 
sis, this testing of Abraham foreshadows 
the Trinitarian sacrifice, whereby the 
Father gave up his Son to be incarnate and 
crucified. The Genesis story of hospitality, 
promise, and sacrifice is thus taken as a 
parable of Trinitarian life. 

The cup on the table evokes the Eucha- 
rist. The chalice is positioned toward the 
edge of the table, toward the viewer, as 
if in invitation. Scripture is the source of 
this image, and Eucharistic communion its 
goal. Like the Eucharist, the icon interacts 
physically with the one who prays with it. 
Think of Obadiah Elihu, who, in an instant 
of grace and thanksgiving, inscribes the 
image of Christ on his skin. ■ 

Khaled Anatolios is an associate professor in 
the School of Theology and Ministry and the 
author of Retrieving Nicaea. The Development 
and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine (forth- 
coming). His essay is drawn from a talk he 
delivered on October 18, 2010, at the School 
of Theology and Ministry. 

View the complete talk by Khaled 
Anatolios, "Beyond Seeing and Not 
Seeing: The Icon in Eastern Christian 
Theology and Spirituality," at Full 

'Spiritually rising' 

Bv William Bole 

Preparing the laity 

ning forum titled "The Way We 
Were: The Laity in Catholic History," 
Boston College history professor James 
OToole floated a term that added urgency 
to the historical subject matter. He spoke 
of the "deinstitutionalization" of the 
Catholic Church in America, by which he 
meant the fading presence of priests and 
vowed religious who have traditionally 

steered the Church's parishes, schools, 
and charities. These are the people whose 
leadership and expertise have supplied the 
adjective in "institutional Church." 

"Deinstitutionalization," even when 
the term went unspoken, permeated the 
panel discussion — which also included 
University of Notre Dame sociologist 
Mary Ellen Konieczny and Seton Hall 
University historian James P. McCartin 

and was sponsored by the theology 
department and the Church in the 2 1st 
Century Center. 

The panelists reached back in time 
to the beginnings of the American repub- 
lic, when no one would have expected 
Roman Catholicism, with just one or 
two percent of the populace in its spiri- 
tual corner, to amount to much in the 
United States. By the 1840s, one in 
four Americans was a communicant in 
the Church, a substantial swath of the 
religious landscape that has held fairly 
constant since. According to the panel- 
ists, what has changed most markedly are 
Catholics themselves. They've become 
better off, better educated, and in recent 
generations, more suburban. 

For OToole, the apotheosis of 
American Catholic achievement is the 
U.S. Supreme Court. He imagined what 
the reaction might have been in 1850, 
or even 1950, to a pronouncement that 
eventually Catholics would claim six of 
the nine seats on the nation's highest 
court. "They would have thought you 
were crazy," said OToole, author of The 
Faithful: A History of Catholics in America 
(2008). "And they really would have 
thought you were crazy if you said the 
other three are Jews." At present there 
is no Protestant on the Supreme Court, 
he noted. 

His one-word accounting for this turn 
of events is "education." In 1884, the 
American bishops laid down the principle 
that there should be a desk in a Catholic 
school for every Catholic child, a declara- 
tion that helped spawn the largest private 
school system in the world and "had the 
intended effect of producing a broadly 
educated Catholic laity," OToole said. He 
pointed out that in the past, the Catholic 
pastor, perched in his pulpit, was quite 
likely the best-educated person in atten- 
dance on a Sunday. "In 2010, there's a 
chance he's the worst-educated one in the 
room," OToole said. 

The November 4 forum highlighted 
other, lesser-known aspects of what pan- 
elists agreed was a gradual transforma- 
tion of the American Catholic laity, with 
Konieczny being the first to underscore 
that the trends toward lay leadership 
began decades before Vatican II. In her 
presentation she sketched the history 



of Catholic Action, the name given to 
a wide mix of lay Catholic associations 
that sought to apply the ancient faith to 
modern social problems. Catholic Action 
movements arose in Western Europe 
during the 1920s and '30s — typically in 
response to the plight of the industrial 
working class, as well as to the rise of athe- 
istic Communism — and spread soon after 
to the United States. Konieczny traced 
the evolution of two groups in particular: 
the Young Christian Workers, which 
from its inception in Belgium in the early 
1920s supported free trade unions; and 
the Christian Family Movement, which 
started in the United States in the early 
1940s and involved Catholics who met 
in one another's homes and fanned out to 
ministries ranging from marriage counsel- 
ing to drug awareness programs. These 
and other movements had to be approved 
by Church leaders (in 1931 Pope Pius 
XI defined Catholic Action as "the par- 
ticipation of the laity ... in the Apostolic 
Hierarchy"), yet they took on "autono- 
mous roles," fashioning their own strate- 
gies and priorities, Konieczny noted. She 
said that in doing so, they "prefigured" the 
expanded institutional responsibilities that 
would begin falling to lay people decades 
later, after Vatican II. 

McCartin discussed another episode 
in American Catholic history. He pointed 
out that in the late 19th century, as in 
earlier times, spirituality was largely an 
elite phenomenon in the Catholic Church. 
His case in point was Eucharistic piety. 
Communion was taken by priests, nuns, 
and other religious every day, but no more 
than once a month, or even once a year, 
by the Catholics in the pews. More often 
lay people drew their spiritual sustenance 
indirectly from priests and religious 
who blessed them, prayed for them, and 
taught them, McCartin said. This state 
of dependency was matched in relation- 
ships between immigrant Catholics and 
secular authorities such as political bosses. 
"Everyone knew who was in power, who 
was in charge, who could help. Everyone 
understood they were powerless to change 
things on their own," McCartin said. 

In the Catholic Church, that sense 
began to change in 1905, when Pope Pius 
X extended an invitation to all Catholics 
to accept the Eucharist daily. With irony 

intended, McCartin remarked, "Rome 
unleashed a democratization of spiritual- 
ity." A hierarchical initiative lifted the 
spiritual status of ordinary Catholics, tak- 
ing away a key prerogative of the ordained 
and religious, he said. 

The three presenters were upbeat as 
they showed how lay Catholics have been 
grooming for greater things in the Church 
for quite some time. As McCartin put it, 
"Lay people were already spiritually rising 
long before Vatican II. It wasn't visible at 
the time, but from a distance of decades, it 
can be seen." 

The tone shifted abruptly, however, 
when the subject turned to the present 
and O 'Toole broached the matter of 
deinstitutionalization. He began by point- 
ing to the vocations crisis in the Church, 
reporting that the average age of priests in 
the United States is 60 and climbing. He 
raised the question: What happens now? 
"If anything is going to happen," he said, 
"the laity is going to have to do it." 

"I think it's tragic," McCartin replied, 
referring to the shrinking clergy-and- 
religious pool and the implications for 
institutional Catholicism. 

His lamentation drew some groans 
from the audience of 50 or so, mainly 
graying lay Catholics and undergradu- 
ates there to gather material for assigned 
papers in theology classes. Seated in the 
back row, Faith Brouillard, NC'67, mut- 
tered audibly enough for those around 
her to hear, "I don't think it's tragic at 

all." Speaking to a reporter afterward, she 
looked to the bright side of the clergy defi- 
cit, relating that a thousand members of 
her Cape Cod parish are enrolled in either 
faith-sharing programs or intensive Bible 
and theological classes offered through the 
church. "It's as if we're all in seminary," 
she said. "That's how we're going to deal 
with the deinstitutionalization." 

By forum's end, the presenters had 
begun hitting optimistic notes again. 
Invoking the history of Catholic Action as 
well as the recent example of lay activists 
coalescing in response to clergy sexual 
abuse, Konieczny said, "Take educated 
people and give them a job, and they'll 
do it." Alluding to the Second Vatican 
Council's definition of the Church as "the 
People of God," O'Toole added, "If you 
tell people for 50 years that they are the 
Church, they'll believe it." 

Robert Newton, interim director of 
the Church in the 21st Century Center, 
assured the audience that the conversation 
will continue. This academic year the cen- 
ter is devoting its programs to the theme, 
"Grace and Commitment: The Vocations 
of Laity, Religious, and Ordained." After 
sizing up the laity in the fall semester, 
C21 turns its attention in the spring to the 
institutional side of the equation — priests, 
nuns, and religious brothers. 8 

To view "The Way We Were: The 
Laity in Catholic History" go to Full 
Story at www.bcedu/bcm. 

Coming events 

March 15 » Whither the Diaconate? 

A talk by Deacon William Ditewig, professor of theology at St. Leo University 
and past executive director of the U.S. Conference of Bishops' Secretariat for the 

March 31 » Three Jesuits: Who Do They Say They Are? Personal Perspectives 

Presenters will be University President William P. Leahy, SJ; Jack Butler, SJ, vice 
president for University Mission and Ministry; and Jeremy Zipple, SJ, filmmaker. 

April 13 » Women Religious: Today and Tomorrow 

Speaking will be Margaret E. Guider, OSF, associate professor of missiology at the 
School of Theology and Ministry. 

For details of these and other events, consult the Church in the 21st Century 
Center's website at 





34 Poor aim 

How Dodd-Frank missed half 
the target 

36 The prodigal 

A once-ardent and high-profile 
advocate of charter schools and 
high-stakes tests explains her 
recent conversion 

r\ /" 






In 1920, British soldiers digging on a bluff alongside the Euphrates River in eastern 
Syria unearthed a wall decorated with frescoes. Subsequent excavations revealed it 
to be part of Dura-Europos, a multicultural city founded in 303 B.C. and abandoned 
in the third century a.d. The finds included a synagogue, the first known Christian 
church, pagan temples, and some 7,500 artifacts, among them this shard of first 
century a.d. limestone relief (5x10x2 inches) depicting a Syrian or possibly Roman 
pagan goddess. It is among 75 objects on display at the McMullen Museum through 
June 5, 2011, as part of the exhibition Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity, a collab- 
oration between the museum and the Yale University Art Gallery. The show features 
paintings, sculptures, and articles of daily life from Yale's Dura-Europos collection. 



photograph: Courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery 

WINTER 2011 



Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein testifying on Capitol Hill, April 27, 2010. According to finance professor Edward Kane, legislators 
focused on banks while ignoring the entrenched shortcomings of regulators. 



By John P. Mello, Jr. 

How Dodd-Frank missed half the target 

chologist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's seven stages of grief, 
Voltaire, and Steven Colbert, the oft-quoted (New York Times, 
Financial Times, Wall Street Journal) Boston College finance profes- 
sor Edward Kane offered a stinging critique of the Dodd-Frank 
Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, passed last 
July. The paper, "Missing Elements in U.S. Financial Reform: A 
Kubler-Ross Interpretation of the Inadequacy of the Dodd-Frank 
Act," attracted attention in the blogosphere for being, in the words 
of The Deals Robert Teitelman, "perhaps the most provocative 
and, in its sly academic way, entertaining and enlightening papers 
on this subject." 

Enacted in response to the financial crisis of 2007-09, Dodd- 
Frank imposed limits on proprietary trading (when banks trade in 
the markets on their own behalf); required new disclosures relating 
to third-party debt instruments; set more stringent capital require- 
ments for financial firms; and introduced tighter mortgage-lending 

practices, among other actions. It also established new regulatory 
agencies, including the Financial Stability Oversight Council and 
the Office of Financial Research (OFR). The intent, as President 
Barack Obama declared when he signed the legislation, was to 
ensure that the "American people will never again be asked to foot 
the bill for Wall Street's mistakes." 

The framers of the act rightly concluded that defective risk man- 
agement triggered the crisis, according to Kane, but in appropriat- 
ing blame legislators were "cycling between the stages of denial 
and superficial political bargaining," to paraphrase two of Kubler- 
Ross's stages of grief. "[T]he act presumes that important mistakes 
were made exclusively by private firms: those whose size and com- 
plexity spread the consequences of their aggressive risk-taking too 
widely for the private financial system and the government's formal 
safety net to handle," he writes. "This view disregards governmen- 
tal mistakes made in inspecting the safety net during the buildup 
phase and in administering the net during the crisis." 




photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 

By failing to extend the blame to government agencies such as 
the Securities and Exchange Commission, Kane maintains, Dodd- 
Frank's creators ignored regulatory missteps that helped foster the 
crisis. Such blunders included allowing new financial stratagems 
designed to elude government supervision — shadow banking, for 
example, which created unregulated financial intermediaries to 
facilitate credit creation. Worse, in Kane's view, may have been 
regulators' willingness to embrace expediency at the expense of 
taxpayers, when they assumed the massive losses at the insurance 
firm AIG, for example. "In . . . programs set up to rescue financial 
institutions." Kane said in an interview, "it's understood that if 
vou don't allow the creditors to suffer a loss, that if you let them 
all wet away with 100 percent of their claims. . . . [t]he regulators' 
task is not anywhere nearly as hard as it would be to run the claims 
through the equivalent of bankruptcy, even though that would be 
much better for taxpayers." 

For Kane, the salient facts of the current regulatory system 
are these: It depends on officials who are hired largely for their 
political connections, individuals whose decision making is com- 
promised bv those "political debts" and by the regulators' desire 
to keep post-government, private-sector job opportunities alive. 
Furthermore, its officials "lack staffing and expertise to tackle 
complex financial problems." These conditions foster regulators 
who are "inclined to delay decisive action in hopes conditions will 
heal themselves." 

Dodd-Frank does little to address such issues, and in some 
ways, says Kane, the law makes matters worse, offering "numerous 
opportunities for the regulatory community to misread its author- 
ity or otherwise miss its marks." In particular, he cites the act's size 
(2,319 pages) and complexity; the "lengthy phase-in periods" for 
many of the mandated changes; and vague guidelines that leave to 
federal regulators the "hard work of specifying and implementing 
crucial details of the proposed new regulatory structure." 


ought to have included in the act to rectify what he terms the 
persistent "incentive conflicts" that impair regulators' ability to 
forestall crises. He calls for more detailed mission statements and 
oaths of office for regulators at all levels to strengthen their sense 
of accountability and duty; he goes so far as to suggest the creation 
of a publicly funded academy — "a nonmilitary West Point" — for 
regulators. Kane also recommends that the newly created Office of 
Financial Research be empowered to challenge the methods used 
and the calculations reported by private firms, much as Internal 
Revenue Service personnel scrutinize personal and corporate tax 

Another change that would advance the effectiveness of Dodd- 
Frank, Kane says, is greater transparency in regulators' reporting. 
Because taxpayers fund the safety nets that protect financial insti- 
tutions, Kane maintains the American people are shareholders 
in those institutions. "The kinds of information stockholders get 
about their stake should also be supplied for taxpayers," he said 
in an interview. He wants regulators to justify their risk estimates 
to a "Safety Net Accountability Forecast Office," which would in 
turn publish "interval estimates of the aggregate value of safety-net 
subsidies for different industry sectors." 

There's a temptation among regulators, says Kane, to under- 
state the costs to taxpayers of the safety net provided by institu- 
tions such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the 
Federal Reserve — and to overstate the lasting benefits of regula- 
tory involvement. Kane proposes assigning responsibility for 
measuring safety net costs and effects to a "truly independent" 
OFR that reports directly to the public. The goal, he says, is "to 
make someone specifically responsible for publicly identifying, on 
an ongoing basis, the ways in which regulation-induced innovation 
might be exploiting loopholes in the current structure of regula- 
tory authority." 

Kane believes the public learned valuable lessons from the 
recent financial crisis. But, he writes, the "economic models of the 
policymaking process do not incorporate these lessons." Only by 
acknowledging their joint culpability can federal authorities pre- 
vent future meltdowns and restore the faith of taxpayers — who, 
for now, are left "cycling between anger and depression." ■ 

John P. AAeilo, Jr., is a Boston-based writer. 

Edward Kane's paper on financial reform may be read at Full 


Encerpt: Politician priest 

The late Robert F. Drinan, SJ, '42 was dean of the Boston 
College Law School from 1956 to 1970, a post he left to 
serve 10 years as a U.S. congressman (D-Mass). Raymond 
Schroth, SJ, editor of Conversations magazine, has writ- 
ten a new biography of Drinan. A sample anecdote: 

Robert Cormier, in a 1971 St. Anthony's Messenger 
article, said that Drinan, campaigning 12 to 18 hours a 
day, "was like a tiger let out of a cage. He purred and 
he growled." A campaign worker said, "He'd enter a 
room and immediately there was a reaction. He either 
turned people on or he turned them off. Maybe it was 
the collar, or the man himself." 

At Brandeis University, a group from the Students 
for a Democratic Society (SDS) who resented his partic- 
ipation in the Center for the Study of Violence, which 
they thought passed data on ghettos to the police, 
heckled him and called him a "fascist liberal." Drinan 
snapped back, "Do you think I'm naive or corrupt?" 

"Corrupt," they replied. 

"Thanks," said Drinan. "I'm pretty bright, and it 
would hurt if you thought I was stupid." 

From Bob Drinan: The Controversial Life of the First Catholic 
Priest Elected to Congress (2011), by Raymond Schroth. 
The book may be ordered at a discount from the Boston 
College Bookstore via On March 7 
at 7 p.m., the Law School will host a public discussion of 
Drinan's legacy. Schroth will be there to present. 



Inside the K-8 Misson Hill School, part of the Boston public school system 


By William Bole 

A once-ardent and high-profile advocate of charter schools and high-stakes tests 

explains her recent conversion 



-X. A_ in a crammed lecture hall at the Law School, noted educa- 
tion historian Diane Ravitch related that she is now being lashed in 
the press as the leading detractor of Bill Gates and his benign pro- 
motion of charter schools across the United States. "How exciting 
is that?" she said to a cascade of applause. 

A research professor at New York University, and an assis- 
tant secretary of education during the administration of the first 
President Bush, when she favored charter schools, Ravitch was 
the headliner at a three-and-a-half-hour event — sponsored by 
the Lynch School of Education together with Citizens for Public 
Education, a Massachusetts advocacy group — that had the fervor 
of a political rally. Ravitch was preceded at the podium by no fewer 
than four speakers, including Lynch School dean Joseph O'Keefe, 

SJ, and followed by another speaker, MIT biology professor 
Jonathan King, treasurer of Citizens for Public Education; a raft 
of state senators and representatives were there to be seen on a 
rainy night. As gleaned from a show of hands, most of the lecture 
goers — who took all 300 seats, lined walls, and sat in aisles — were 
schoolteachers. They cheered almost as much as they clapped, 
which was often. 

Ravitch, the author of the controversial 2010 book The Death 
and Life of the Great American School System, showed herself to be 
witty, personable, and well-practiced in the polemical arts. She 
has emerged as an unlikely champion of public school teachers, 
having once trumpeted, from her federal post and then from the 
conservative Hoover Institution's task force on K-12 education, 
the very reform measures — charter schools and make-or-break 


painting: Gary Wayne Gilbert 

standardized resting — she now deplores and that teachers' unions 
have oeneralh bemoaned. The reason for her change of perspec- 
tive: research, she savs. There's simply no solid evidence attesting 
to benefits from "school choice" or from the use of testing to deter- 
mine how a teacher is evaluated and a school is funded. Indeed, 
mounting evidence suggests that these policies are undermining 
public education, Ravitch said. 

Not even assertion of hers was soothing to the audience, how- 
ever. At one point while lecturing, Ravitch cast her eyes toward 
the front row, directing attention to O'Keefe, who had put in a 
good word for Catholic education in his opening remarks. "I'm a 
great supporter of Catholic schools," she said, adding, "we should 
be saving Catholic education" instead of pouring public money 
into charter schools that siphon off the best students from public 
schools and tuition-paying students from parochial schools. Her 
implicit call for public support of private, Catholic education met 
with polite silence. 

Ravitch devoted the first portion of her lecture to the Gates- 
Ravitch dispute, which has gotten media attention beyond the 
education press. In a flattering piece about the billionaire's foray 
into education reform, published in the November 28 Newsweek, 
columnist Jonathan Alter wrote, "His biggest adversary now is 
Diane Ravitch, a jaundiced former Education Department offi- 
cial. . . ." According to Alter, Gates became riled in the interview 
upon mention of his supposed nemesis. "Does she like the status 
quo? Is she sticking up for decline? Does she really like 400-page 
[union] contracts? Does she think all those 'dropout factories' are 
lonely? If there's some other way to reduce the dropout rate, we're 
all ears," Gates said, alluding to the charter-school solution. (For 
his part, Alter opined that Ravitch has given "intellectual heft to 
the National Education Association's campaign to discredit even 
superb charter schools and trash intriguing reform ideas that 
may threaten its power.") The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
has provided seed money and lobbied for the creation of char- 
ter schools, which are otherwise publicly funded though largely 

Ravitch responded point by point. "No, I certainly don't like the 

status quo. I don't like the attacks on teachers [and] I don't like 

the phony solutions that are now put forward that won't improve 
our schools at all," she countered, adding that the testing regime 
has put a lopsided focus on basic skills, crowding out subjects such 
as the arts, literature, history, geography, foreign languages, and 
physical education. "I don't hear any of the corporate reformers 
expressing concern about the way standardized testing narrows 
the curriculum, the way it rewards convergent thinking and pun- 
ishes divergent thinking, the way it stamps out creativity and 

Regarding "dropout factories," Ravitch stressed that such 
schools tend to serve high-need students, including those who 
don't speak or read English or are otherwise far behind in their 
learning. She described many of these schools as being filled with 
heroic teachers and hard working administrators who do their 
best; to say these schools are worse than others because of their 
outsize dropout rates — "that's like saying that an oncologist is not 
as good a doctor as a dermatologist because so many of his patients 
die," she reasoned. 

Having rebutted the Microsoft founder, Ravitch acknowledged 
that once upon a time, she liked charter schools because of their 
mission to serve those high-need students. But that thrust changed 
with No Child Left Behind, the federal education overhaul enacted 
in 2001, which rewards schools on the basis of test results and 
thus has induced charter schools to keep clear of students who 
might drag down their collective scores, she said. What's surpris- 
ing, she added, is that even though these publicly chartered schools 
can cherry-pick students, fire teachers at will, and fend off unions, 
study after study has shown that they still do not perform better 
than regular public schools. "It's strange," she remarked. 

Ravitch defended the embattled teachers unions, dismissing 
the contention that they're to blame for low-performing schools. 
The Texas native said that if this were true, then the Deep South, 
with the weakest unions, would have the best school systems in 
the country, while a state like Massachusetts, with robust unions, 
would have the worst schools. But the reverse is true, she said, 
drawing an extra roar of approval from the audience of mostly 
local teachers. 

She lit into the recent trend toward shuttering public schools, 
usually in reaction to low test scores and high dropout rates. 
"No school was ever improved by closing," she said. "I can tell 
you where it didn't succeed — it didn't succeed in Chicago." An 
informed laughter rolled through the room: Ravitch was taking 
a swipe at Arne Duncan, the former Chicago schools chief who 
is now U.S. Secretary of Education and a protagonist of school 
closings in extreme circumstances. She pointed to research indicat- 
ing that students who leave such low-performing schools see no 
improvement in their schoolwork. 


tendent Carol Johnson announced a plan to close or merge a dozen 
of the city's schools. She cited economic reasons — schools with 
lagging enrollments — though she had previously remarked that 
such closings were needed to rescue students from underperform- 
ing programs. Some who turned out to hear Ravitch had received 
advanced word of the Johnson plan. Among them was Liz Malia 
71, a former teacher and since 1998 a Massachusetts state rep- 
resentative whose district includes parts of Dorchester, Roxbury, 
and other hard-pressed neighborhoods. In an interview, Malia was 
quick to note that public schools are closing at a time when the 
city is pumping more money into charter schools. "We're bash- 
ing teachers," she said, referring in general to policy makers and 
political leaders, "but we're not offering real solutions about how 
to educate our kids." 

Before signing books and chatting with teachers until nearly 
1 1 :00 p.m., Ravitch left her audience with a sweeping agenda. "We 
need a national conversation" on poverty, she urged, highlighting 
the non-academic obstacles to learning, among them inadequate 
nutrition, housing, and medical care. "We should end high-stakes 
testing," she insisted. "And every school should have a broad, rich, 
balanced curriculum." 

Her parting words were, "Don't Agonize. Organize!" m 

A video of Diane Ravitch's critique of public education may be 
found at Fuli Story, 

WINTER 2011 





News & Notes 

Alumni Embrace 
Lifelong Learning 

The Alumni Association is offering a record i8 Alumni Education 
programs in spring 2011 in response to a groundswell of interest 
from BC graduates. The New Year began on Jan. 8 with A Day 
of Reflection, hosted by Michael Boughton, S.j., '70, MA'72, 
MDiv'79, director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. The 
event drew nearly 40 alumni, who learned about discerning 
God's voice in their often busy lives. A diverse range of topics — 
from social media and workplace relations to nonprofit leader- 
ship and childhood development — will be covered this spring. 
Discover more at 

A Model Chapter 

With events occurring several times a month, 
BC graduates in the Windy City are setting the 
standard for alumni involvement. This past 
December, the Chicago Chapter celebrated 
the holidays with its third annual clothing 
drive to benefit area elementary school students, 
many of whom live in homeless shelters. The 
Winter Attire to Inspire event is one of many 
successful programs run by the chapter, 
which has several hundred active members. 
Chapter volunteers participate through six 
committees, including those dedicated to 
service, spiritual, and social activities. "Chapter 
members present their ideas to the committees 
and, once they're approved, have a chance to 
take ownership of the events," says Chapter 
Leader Mike McGoohan '01. "We try to get 
alumni excited, engaged, and empowered." 
This method has yielded a wide breadth of 
programming, such as a special November 
evening with David Quigley, dean of the College 
and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 
and the chapter's annual Alumni Mass, which 
was held Feb. 20. The coming months will be 

filled with volunteer opportunities, game 
watches, networking evenings, and much 
more. See what your local chapter is up to and 
get involved at 

Easter Preparations 

Beginning Ash Wednesday and ending Easter 
Sunday, Fr. Michael Himes, professor of 
theology, will lead Reflections, a new online 
Lenten retreat series. The free program is part 
of the University's Easter preparation — with 
the midpoint of the season marked by Laetare 
Sunday April 3. Laetare, translated as "rejoice" 
from Latin, is a time for joy amidst the sacrifice 
that characterizes Lent. Alumni, family, and 
friends are invited to attend the 60th anniversary 
of this BC tradition, featuring Mass celebrated 
by President William P. Leahy, S.J., and a brunch 
with seating by graduating class. During 
the event, guest speaker Fr. Himes will add 
to his Reflections insights by discussing the 
importance of joy in the Lenten season. 
Reserve your seat for Mass and brunch today 
at and participate in the 
online retreat at 

Service Hours 

BC alumni are known for giving back — to 
their alma mater and their communities. On 
Saturday, April 16, BC graduates are invited to 
donate their time and talent during the 
Alumni Association's sixth annual National 
Day of Service. Last year, more than 300 grad- 
uates from 26 chapters cleaned city parks, 
planted gardens, worked in shelters and at 
schools, and more — logging over 1,000 service 
hours to help improve their communities. 
Caitlin Morrell Moran '04, MEd'05, MAT' 07, 
community service co-chair of the Boston 
Chapter, organized 80 Boston-area alumni to 
partner with the Charles River Conservancy to 
beautify the banks of the city's iconic waterway. 
"The National Day of Service is an opportunity to 
generate community excitement and show 
there are countless ways to get involved," 
explains Moran, adding that, like many 
chapters, Boston has dozens of committed 
volunteers who give their time once or 
twice a month throughout the year. Track 
your chapter's plans for the National Day of 
Service at 



A Nominated Role 

The Alumni Association will have several 
positions open on its board of directors this 
spring, and all alumni are welcome and 
encouraged to submit their nominations. 
Volunteer board members work closely with 
the administration of Boston College to expand 
and enhance the programs, services, and 
benefits available to the University's nearly 
1 60,000 alumni. Led by a volunteer president 
and three vice presidents, the board consists 
of 14-17 dedicated men and women, each of 
whom helps lead a committee focused on a 
specific area of engagement. Currently, the 
committees include those dedicated to alumni 
awards, alumni marketing, alumni partnerships, 
athletics, career services, communications, 
Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD), spiritual 
life, and student involvement. All nominations 
are due by Friday, March 11. Questions may be 
directed to Maggie Edmonds at maggie. or 617-552-8518. To complete 
a nomination form, visit 

Making BC Connections 

On Feb. 9, BC alumnae met many of the nearly 
75 female students they will advise over the 

next two and a half years at the annual BC 
Connections Mentoring Program convocation. 
The one-to-one mentoring program nurtures 
junior women and, for the second consecutive 
year, first-year female MBA students, as they 
complete their studies and transition into the 
workplace. "As a BC Connections mentee, I 
had the opportunity to hear a fresh perspective 
of what life was like after college," says Blaire 
Horner '07. "Then as a mentor, I had the 
chance to reflect on and share my own BC 
and post-college experience. Along the way, I 
made two great friends who have taught me 
so much more than I could have gathered on 
my own." BC Connections began in 1999, when 
what is now the Council for Women of Boston 
College (CWBC) recognized a need to support 
the personal and professional growth of female 
undergraduates. Founding CWBC member and 
BC Trustee Associate Mary j. Steele Guilfoile 
'76 developed BC Connections in response. 
Now managed by the Alumni Association, the 
program has alumnae mentors nationwide and, 
to date, more than 900 students have benefited 
from the initiative. To learn more or become 
a mentor, e-mail Alumni Association Special 
Advisor Robert Sherwood at 

Save the Date: Reunion Weekend, June 3-5 

More alumni than ever attended reunion last year — and Reunion Weekend 2011 is 

shaping up to be an even bigger celebration. A record-setting 5,383 BC alumni — and 
their families — reconnected at class parties, feasted at an annual lobster bake, and 
participated in a 5k road race. This year's reunion, to be held June 3-5, will feature 
more than 30 events, including golf tournaments, a Mass honoring BC veterans, and 
an Alumni Stadium tour led by BC coaching staff. Learn more and register for this 
year's festivities at 

By the Numbers 

GOLD Investment 

22,076 I Alumni belonging 
to GOLD (Graduates Of the 
Last Decade) classes 

27 I GOLD events occurring 
across the country in the 
2010-11 academic year 

5 I Cities and regions hosting 
GOLD programming 



970 I Attendance 
at fall "Welcome 
Home" events 
held for returning -^,-:_- ^ 
GOLD alumni in Boston, 
Chicago, New York, and 
Washington, D.C. 

6,033 I Record number of 
GOLD alumni who gave to the 
University in 2009-10 

$25,000 I Scholarship 
dollars awarded in honor of the 
Class of 2006 for winning the 
GOLD Rush Challenge— by 
being the first class to reach 
the 500-donor goal by Dec. 31 

300 I GOLD 
to alumni at 
December's holiday 
party with Fr. Leahy 

Be counted at 


Boston College Alumni Association 
825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

Correspondent: William M. Hogan Jr. 

Brookhaven, A-305 

Lexington, MA 02421; 781-863-1998 

Correspondent: John D. Donovan 

12 Wessonville Way 

Westborough, MA 01581; 508-366-4782 

Greetings once again! • The first sad news is 
the death of Richard Coner. He was a bright 
and active classmate, an Air Force veteran, 
and an accountant, and he and his wife were 
the happy and proud parents of a large family. 
Another sad note: we just learned of the death 
of Natalie Murphy, the lovely and friendly wife 
of Charlie Murphy, our esteemed late Class of 
1939 president. Our sympathy and our 
prayers are extended to both the Coner and 
the Murphy families. • Since there's a bit of 
space available, let's use it. My oldest grand- 
son recently questioned me about our Class of 
1939 descendants. After all, our deceased 
classmates are already ancestors, and we, 
class survivors, are on the threshold of adding 
the term "ancestor" to our names. The 
question of descendants calls for statistical 
speculation. The only hard data provided by 
the Class of 1939 Sub Turn numbers our 
graduates as about 350 young men. Let's 
guess that perhaps 300 got married and had 
children. Classmate A liked the number 1 and 
sired 1 child, 1 grandchild, and 1 great-grand- 
child. His 3 descendants multiplied by our 
300 married classmates provide us with 900 
descendants. Classmate B preferred the 
number 2 and sired 2 children, 4 grandchildren, 
and 8 great-grandchildren. His 14 descendants 
multiplied by 300 provide us with 4,200 
descendants. The true numbers may be larger, 
but if you want them increased just add your 
indirect descendants — nieces, nephews, 
grandnieces and grandnephews, et al. Wow! 
But wait a minute, there's a not-to-be-forgotten 
truth. We have to give a giant thank-you to our 
deceased and still living spouses. Without 
them, none of the married BC alumni could 
claim to be ancestors and to have all those 

descendants. Finally, let's add two relevant 
footnotes: First, in two years, BC will be cele- 
brating its 150th birthday. If we add the 
alumni descendants of the other 140-plus 
graduated classes, we will have alumni 
descendants in the hundreds of thousands. 
Genetically, genealogically, and demographi- 
cally, we have contributed to the universe. 
Second, let's not forget our deceased Jesuit 
professors. They, too, fit into our ancestor- 
descendant discourse. Analogically, they can 
be perceived as our dedicated spiritual and 
academic ancestors, and the BC graduates can 
be perceived as their grateful spiritual and 
academic descendants. OK, "nuff sed." Relax 
and hang in there. Peace! 

Correspondent: Sherman Rogan 
34 Oak Street 
Reading, MA 01867 

be counted for the class of 

1 94 1 


Correspondent: John M. Callahan 

3 Preacher Road 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-698-2082 

Correspondent: John C. Fitzgerald 

22 Joyce Road 

Hyde Park, MA 02136-3807; 617-364-2309 

Greetings! I thought I had a whole quarter 
of good news. Sadly, as I was about to send 
class notes to BC, I read of the passing of our 
classmate Charles A. Donovan. Charlie 
accepted for our class the huge assignment of 
creating and producing our 50th anniversary 
report. He and Barbara, who predeceased 
him, spent untold hours collecting blogs and 
pictures of those classmates and teachers who 
wished to be included. Charlie had a very 
successful career in the world of business, 
moving through many levels of management 
and finally retiring in 1985 as corporate VP 
of Itek, a Fortune 500 company. He leaves two 
sons and two daughters, three grandchildren, 
and seven great-grandchildren. May he rest 
in the peace of Christ. I represented the class 
at his wake. He will be remembered in 
Masses. • For the good news: I had an 
unexpected but welcome call from our 
classmate Jim Hawco. He is living about 100 
miles north of Manhattan. As you would 
expect, Jim is involved as an active member 
of his parish and his community. In our 
days at BC, his presence was felt in many 
of the functions of the class, and he became 
our salutatorian at Commencement. • I had 
a note from Gerry Joyce's son Brian '84. 

Gerry is doing fine, thanks to the care of 
his heart doctors. Brian noted the extent of 
the Joyce family in the BC community: Gerry 
and his two brothers started the line. Seven 
of Gerry's children and one daughter-in-law 
continued the line and were followed by four 
of Gerry's grandchildren. All are very proud 
of their own classes at BC. • I called Fran 
Duggan, widow of classmate Bill Duggan 
(who passed away in 2002). She still lives 
at their home in Syracuse, NY, and her family 
lives nearby. She recalled the many times 
she and Bill drove to Boston to join in our 
memorial Masses and luncheons. They did 
this until Bill's health made the trip impossible. 
It was one of their personal high points 
every year. My wife and I looked forward, to 
seeing them each year. • A reminder: watch 
for the notice from the Alumni Association 
about the annual Laetare Sunday gathering 
for the Mass remembering all deceased alumni. 
It will be held April 3. • In the next note, 
I hope to have information on our observance 
of our 69th year as BC alumni. Until then, 
stay well. 

Correspondent: Ernest E. Santosuosso 

73 Waldron Road 

Braintree, MA 02184; 781-848-3730 

Correspondent: Gerard L. Kirby 

PO Box 1493 

Duxbury, MA 02331; 781-934-0229 

Kind and thoughtful Joe Delaney recently sent 
me a prayer card commemorating the death 
of our classmate Fr. Bill Mclnnes, MA'51, 
STL'58. It doesn't seem possible that Bill left 
us a year ago — on December 8, 2009. He was 
of course the catalyst of our class gatherings, 
rounding up those of us who were available 
for lunch two or three times a year. I wonder 
if there are any classmates who might like to 
get together for lunch after the winter winds 
have died down, possibly in March or April. 
There used to be six or seven regulars who 
were most often available for Bill's lunches. 
As I recall, they would include Don White 
H'94, Joe Delaney, Tino Spatola, Joe Gaudreau, 
John Duggan, Msgr. Joe Alves MSW'48, Bob 
O'Leary JD'49, Marty Coleman, and others 
who came if they were able. If you find meeting 
for lunch convenient sometime in the spring, 
please drop me a note or give me a call, and I 
will take care of the arrangements. • We also 
have two more classmates to add to our prayer 
list. They are Ed McCall of Woburn, who died 
in July 2010, and Tom Stuart of Dover, NH, 
who died in June. • Torri Hazlett and I are 
both members of the Shaw Society, and we 
were invited to their holiday luncheon on 
December 5 before the University Chorale's 


concert. It sounded like an agreeable way to 
spend a Sunday afternoon, but the day was a 
very cruel preview of winter, so we decided to 
sit by our fires. It's a bit of a pull'from Duxbury 
and even more difficult from Centerville, 
where Tom lives. • It seems like yesterday that 
we were all wondering if we would make it until 
the change of the century and to the year 2000. 
Too many of us did not. But some of us. in 
various stages of aches and pains, will soon be 
wishing each other happy new year for the 
year 2011. So even though the new year will be 
well under way when you read this, let me wish 
you a healthy and happy new year! • Peace. 

Correspondent: Louis V. Sorgi 
5 Augusta Road 
Milton, MA 02186 

I am sorry to report the death of our classmate 
Charlie McKenzie on September 21, 2010. 
He is survived by his wife, Polly, and two 
children: Peter '75, who is the financial VP 
and treasurer of BC, and Dianne, MBA'99. 
Charlie and Polly were very active with our 
class. The Charles P. '45 and Pauline O. 
McKenzie Family Scholarship Fund has been 
established at BC, with credit toward our class 
gift. • Lillian and I attended the annual 
Veterans Remembrance Ceremony and Mass 
on November 11. It started with Mass at St. 
Ignatius Church, followed by a ceremony on 
the Bapst Library lawn. At the ceremony, I had 
the honor to stand to represent all BC World 
War II veterans. The guest speaker was Col. 
Darlene Maclsaac Hinojosa '86, U.S. Army 
Nurse Corps. A reception followed the 
ceremony. The affair — sponsored by the BC 
Alumni Association, the BC Army ROTC 
unit, the Campus Ministry, and the human 
resources department — was very nicely done. 
This event is something I'm sure you would 
enjoy, so mark your calendars for November 
11, 2011. • I heard from Bill Hamrock, who is 
still active in the New Hampshire BC alumni 
club. He had a new pacemaker implanted and 
is doing well. • Neil Restani is suffering with 
rheumatoid arthritis and is confined to a 
wheelchair. • Paul Paget, MSW49, had knee 
replacement surgery and will be in rehab for 
three months. • Bill Cornyn has been diagnosed 
with macular degeneration and is now under 
treatment. • Vin Catalogna is still in the VA 
Hospital, and Joe Devlin, MSW'49, is in a 
Framingham nursing home. • Lillian and I 
are very proud of our grandson Lou III, who 
just passed the New York Bar and is working 
for a law firm on Wall Street. • That's it for 
now. Please tell me what's going on in your 
lives so I can include your news in the next 
issue of the magazine. • I hope you all had a 
healthy, merry Christmas and a happy new year. 

Correspondent: Timothy C.Buckley 
46 Woodridge Road 
Wayland, MA 01778 

Leo J. Murray reports that he has been 
retired for 22 years after working at 
Compo Industries for many years. He is a 
member of the Knights of Columbus and 
is in good health. Leo says he enjoyed his 
experience at BC very much. • Bill Noonan 
called to find out when the next class Mass is 
scheduled. I believe there may be one in the 
spring, with the Class of 1949. • James 
Calabrese is in his 89th year and is in good 
health. He has been retired for 10 years 
and travels frequently to Maine. Jim has a 
grandnephew who is a Navy pilot stationed 
in Italy. The grandnephew visited Jim's 
birth home in Librizzi, Sicily, and the 
mayor introduced him to many people. He 
sent Jim pictures via the Internet, which 
thrilled Jim. • Robert E. Herlihy, JD'50, 
who retired 20 years ago as an attorney, 
has for many years served as an elected 
member of Arlington's Town Meeting. 
He and his wife will celebrate their 60th 
wedding anniversary this coming May. They 
have 6 sons and 13 grandchildren. For the 
past 40 years, the family has enjoyed the 
beach at Marshfield. Bob has been a BC foot- 
ball season ticket holder for more than 62 
years! • Last summer, we lost two classmates: 
John A. Gianoulis of Lexington on July 15 and 
Thomas F. Spencer Jr. of Melrose on July 6. 
May they enjoy the fullness of eternal life. 

be counted- for the class of 


Correspondent: Richard J. Fitzgerald 

PO Box 171 

North Falmouth, MA 02556; 508-563-6168 

attend, and there are several other class 
members who usually show up at Shaw 
Society gatherings but did not make it to 
that event. • I was saddened to read recently 
of the passing on August 4 of our classmate 
John Yurewicz, MA'56, who, with John 
Brosnahan, TD'55, cocaptained the 1947 
baseball team that won the District 1 
NCAA title; other '49ers were Ed Marshall 
MEd'51, as well as the late Bob Blakeney 
JD'52, who died in January 2009, and Bob 
Quirk, who passed away on November 7, 
2010. • We will try to keep you all informed 
about our proposed class function and memo- 
rial Mass this spring, probably in late April. 
• Please send me news that I can include in 
my next column for class notes. AMDG. 

Correspondent: John J. Carney 

227 Savin Hill Avenue 

Dorchester, MA 02125; 617-825-8283 

I am writing these class notes on a chilly 
afternoon in late November, a few days 
after spending a lovely Thanksgiving Day 
with family and friends in our favorite 
spot, beautiful Savin Hill by the sea, the 
jewel of the South Shore. As I look out the 
window, I can see that the Boston College 
award-winning sailing team has hauled its 
float from the waters of the Savin Hill Yacht 
Club, from which they sail in practice 
sessions. Speaking of athletic prowess, how 
about the outstanding mid- to end-of-season 
performance of the Eagles football team! 
There is even talk of a bowl appearance 
possibility; by the time you read these notes, 
you will know! • While on the topic of 
football — I got a note from E. Paul Kelly, 
JD'6o, saying that he and wife Jeane have 
settled in Florence, OR, the home of their I 
son Chip, who is the head coach of the | 
award-winning University of Oregon football 
team. • Ernie Ciampa attended a function 
of the Shaw Society in October and noted 
that he was the only member from our class 
at the luncheon. Madelyn and I could not 

Correspondent: John A. Dewire 
15 Chester Street, No. 31 
Cambridge, MA 02140; 617-876-1461 

Ken Robinson continues to maintain a home 
in Arlington, VA, but he will soon change his 
main address to Waco, TX. Ken lived in 
Swampscott in his youth and used to date a 
girl from Belmont whose family summered 
in Swampscott. After college, he spent a year 
in Korea with the Marines. The Belmont girl 
met and married a West Point cadet; Ken mar- 
ried a girl from Lynn. Her husband and Ken's 
wife are now deceased. The Belmont girl, now 
80, has a place in Sandwich, NH; Ken has a 
place in Conway. This past summer they 
reconnected, and they married on October 31, 
Halloween! • Fr. John D. Thomas, 82, died in 
UMass Memorial Hospital on July 15. He was 
a former superintendent of schools for the 
Diocese of Worcester. Burial was in the family 
plot in Notre Dame Cemetery. After BC, he 
attended the seminary of philosophy in Montreal 
before moving to the Pontifical North American 
College in Rome, where he completed his 
studies for the priesthood and was ordained. 
Francis C. Connolly Jr. of North Kingstown, 
RI, passed away on August 20, 2010. John R. 
Mullen of Quincy died on July 21, 2010. 
Richard G. O'Kane of Peabody, formerly of 
West Roxbury, and Daniel L. Scali of Waltham 
both died on August 9, 2010. I know there 
are quite a few class deaths to report in this 
issue, but at this point in time in our lives, 
sadly, they are expected. • I would like to have 
gone to the Boston College bowl game this 
year, but my doctors at the West Roxbury 
Veterans Hospital strongly advised me not to 
go. I am not a gambler so I shall watch the 
game on TV. 

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J 953 

Correspondent: Ann Fulton Cote NC'53 

11 Prospect Street 

Winchester, MA oi8go; 781-72^-8512 

Word has come of the death of Barbara 
Cassidy NC'52. Let us remember Barbara in 

our prayers. • I was amazed and delighted to 
have a call from Julie Thurber Sutherland 

NC'53. She thoroughly understood my 
surprise! Julie and her husband spend much 
of their time in Florida but still keep their 
roots in Michigan. Julie is recovering from a 
siege of back problems but, you will be happy 
to know, she still has the "bubbles" in her 
voice. I pleaded with her not to wait 50-odd 
years for the next conversation! • Be in touch. 

Correspondent: James J. Derba 

10640 Sea Holly Terrace 

Boynton Beach, FL 33436; 561-734-6082 

We welcome to these pages Jim Debra, who 
has generously offered to serve as your class 
correspondent until a new volunteer can be 
found. Please help him to fill this column by 
e-mailing him your news — and contact him, 
or e-mail Betsy McLain at, 
if you would like to volunteer to write future 
columns for your class. • Louis J. Belliveau, 
MS '52, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on 
June 13, 2010. After a long career as a nuclear 
physicist, Louis retired in 1992 and went on 
to serve as a volunteer scientist with the teacher- 
scientist alliance for science curriculum up- 
grade in the Montgomery County Public Schools. 
He leaves his wife, six children, two siblings, and 
nine grandchildren. Please keep his family in 
your prayers. • Mark your calendars for the 60th 
reunion of the Class of '51! It will take place the 
weekend of June 3-5; we hope to see you there! 

Correspondent: Frank McGee 

ig$2 Ocean Street 

Marshfield, MA 02050; 781-834-4690 

Sadly, I report the deaths of four classmates. 
Bob Earley passed away in Burlington, VT, on 
August 24, 2010; Jim Sullivan died in 
Lexington on September 1, 2010; Joe Sweeney 
died in Miami, FL, on August 22, 2010; and 
Bernie O' Sullivan passed away on November 
15, 2010. • On a brighter note, I am happy to 
report that my son Navy SEAL Patrick is back 
from Afghanistan safe and sound. He has 
now completed three missions in Iraq and 
three in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, three of 
his friends and comrades in arms were killed 
in action. In October, Patrick was a member 
of a SEAL honor guard at the burial service of 
1st Lt. Travis Manion, USMC, and Lt. Brendan 
Looney, Navy SEAL. They were roommates at 
the Naval Academy, and both were killed in 
action in Afghanistan. The families decided 
that they should be buried side by side at 
Arlington National Cemetery. Pray for these 
courageous men and their families. • By now 
you will know from Roger Connor's December 
letter that plans are well under way for our 
59th reunion in June, when we can hear all 
about the January cruise taken by Marie and 
Charlie Barrett, LLD'55, with Roger and his 


bride, Kathy. • Please send information about 
classmates to my e-mail address. • God bless. 

Correspondent: Jim Willwerth 

ig Sheffield Way 

Westborough, MA 01581; 508-366-5400 

Peg (Burke) Crawford reported that the 
School of Nursing Class of '53 had another 
social. This time it was held at the Common 
Market in Quincy. Isabella (Valcour) Butkiewicz 
came from Ipswich, where she was vacation- 
ing. Anne (Saunders) Fitzgerald didn't have 
far to travel, as she lives in Quincy. Marie 
(Courtney) Hester joined the group from 
nearby Randolph. Kay (Byrne) Carroll came in 
from Chelmsford, and Mary (Parrish) Bacon 
and Peg Crawford drove up from the Cape. 
The group hopes to pick up a few more 
classmates when they meet in the fall. • Mary 
and I were in Vermont the day of the 
memorial Mass, so I asked Gerry McCauley 
to give us a report. Here it is in part: Our 
class gathered at Alumni House on the 
Newton Campus in late afternoon on October 
9 for our annual memorial Mass, with Fr. 
Larry Drennan celebrating. Dennis Cronin 
did the first reading, and Austin Smith the 
responsorial psalm. Gerry and John McCauley 
presented the gifts, and Eleanor Venezia was 
the Eucharistic minister. Classmates who 
have passed on since our last gathering 
were remembered in prayer, led by Fr. Larry. 
Following Mass, the group enjoyed cocktails 
and delicious hors d'oeuvres before entering 
the dining room for a wonderful buffet 
dinner, featuring roast beef and seafood 
Newburgh. At one of six tables, Fr. Larry 
was accompanied by Christine and Jack 
Lynch, Peg and Tom Vanderslice H'03, 
Eleanor and Sal Venezia, and Joan and Dick 
Horan. Jeane and Ed DeLuca, Maureen and 
Joe Tower, Jack Norton, John and Gerry 
McCauley, and Barbara and Spike Boyle were 
at another table, and Dick Curran and Judith 
Golden, Mimi (Iantosca) MS'59 and Jack 
Costa, Jim Wholly, MaryLou Maloney, and 
Joan Kelleher made up a third group. Priscilla 
and Dennis Cronin enjoyed the company of 
Nancy and David Lane, Austin and Barbara 
Smith, and Mary and Bob Willis. Mary and 
Jim Livingston MBA'67, Katherine and Fred 
Conroy JD'56, Pat and Joe Carroll MBA'61, 
and Maureen and Bob McCarthy were 
dinner companions, as were Muriel and Art 
Delaney, Nancy Duggan, Eunice and Paul 
Twitchell MS '62, Lillian and Tom Murray, 
and Joan and Jack Keating. Over dessert 
and coffee, Gerry McCauley once again 
provided some comedy entertainment for 
everyone's enjoyment. • Austin Smith 
mentioned that Dick Farley's 45-year-old son 
passed away on September 28, 2010, in 
California. We send our condolences to the 
Farley family. • Barbara and Spike Boyle said 
they have n grandchildren, 4 of whom are BC 
grads, and 8 great-grandchildren. • Jeane and 
Ed DeLuca mentioned their 6 children and 16 
grandchildren. • To get the full story of our 
class activities, go to the BC alumni online 
community at 

community.html. Your BC Eagle ID is printed 
above your name on the Boston College 
Magazine mailing label. 

Correspondent: John Ford 

45 Wateiford Drive 

Worcester, MA 01602; 508-755-3615 

Our annual memorial Mass, concelebrated by 
our classmates Jim Woods, SJ, MAT'61, 
STB'62, and Fr. John Wallace, was held on 
November 14. Lou Totino, MBA'65, did a 
marvelous job in putting it together. Fr. 
Wallace was vacationing from his assignment 
in Honduras. As in the past few years, we 
took up a collection for his mission work. 
Happily, we received $600, which will be 
matched from the class treasury. Attending 
were Lori and Lou Totino; Mary McCourt; 
Martha (Leonard) MEd'6o and Ed Trask; Ed 
Smith; Pat (Quigley) Kodzis MEd'58; Dalia 
(Skudzinskaite) NC'55, MEd'67 and Ray 
Ivaska JD'59; Mary Jean and Jim Coughlin; 
Pete Vasaturo; Ted Breau; Pat and Dick 
Hughes JD'6o; Ellen (McDonough) JD'57 and 
Bert Good JD'59; Tom Lane; Bette and Tom 
Warren; Aurora and Jack Leyden; Bill 
McCarthy JD'6o; Bob O'Brien; Lorraine and 
Tom Cosgrove; Linda and Dave Pierre; Peter 
Nobile; Margaret Miley; Mary and Murray 
Regan; Frank Flannery; Clare (Carr) MEd'73 
and Frank McLaughlin MA'57; and Jane and 
John Ford MSW'61. Expected but unable to 
attend were Mary and Jack Curtin JD'57, 
H'91; Ed Collins; Mario DiBiase; John Merna; 
and Kathy Nobile. • Since we last reported, 
Charley S tamos; John L. Sullivan MA59, 
PhD '71; Paul Murphy; and Iggy Fiorenza have 
left us. Doug MacMillan reports that Billy 
Maguire, Mario DiBiase, and Lenny Matthews 
were at Charley's funeral. • Lou Maloof was 
honored last May for his support of Palestinian 
rights. Lou, a parishioner and lector at Holy 
Redeemer Parish in Chatham, received the 
Olive Branch Award from the Fellowship of 
Reconciliation, Cape Cod Chapter. Since 
2002, Lou has made six trips to the Holy 
Land, working with the International 
Solidarity Movement, a Palestine-based 
organization that uses nonviolent means to 
oppose Israeli occupation. Lou has escorted 
Palestinians through Israeli checkpoints, 
stayed in Palestinian homes designated for 
destruction by the Israeli army, and served on 
an international team monitoring the 
Palestinian elections in 2005. Lou's work is 
aimed at bringing a just, peaceful solution to 
the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It takes 
courage, commitment, and a belief in the 
Lord's salvific grace to pursue a goal that 
seems so far from fulfillment. Congratulations, 
Lou. • Chronicle, the BC in-house newspaper, 
featured our classmate Frank McLaughlin 
and his economics department colleague 
Harold Petersen, recounting their combined 
101 years of teaching at BC. Frank, with 50 
years of service, is the junior member of the 
duo. Who says that you cannot go on forever? 
• Finally, Lenny Matthews reports that he 
and Rose recently had lunch with Janet and 
Paul McKenna. 


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Correspondent: Mary Helen FitzCerald Daly 
700 Laurel Avert 

nette, IL 60091: 847-251-3837 

Man- Evans Bapst sent news of the first 
French language Kairos retreat for 28 
pre-confinnation teens held last September 
at a convent in the Swiss pre-Alps above 
Lake Geneva. Mary participated as an 
observer because she had spent many 
months translating from English to French the 
material used in the retreat. Mary said the 
retreat was a success, and the teens spent 
three days "discovering who they are, how 
God loves them, and the results of that love 
and how that impacts their potential as 
Christian leaders." A second French Kairos is 
being planned for later this year. • In a 
phone call to Helen Ward Sperry Mannix, I 
learned that she attended a large Mannix 
family reunion in June. • Maureen Cohalan 
Curry visited her family in Orlando for 
Thanksgiving and was planning to spend 
Christmas at home in Bristol, RI. • In an 
e-mail, Delma Sala Fleming told of plans to 
celebrate Thanksgiving with her 14 children 
and grandchildren. She was hoping for some 
sunny days, as tropical rain storms in the 
Caribbean had been hitting Puerto Rico, 
causing flooding on the island. • By phone 
and e-mails, I keep in touch with Lucille Joy 
Becker in Trumbull, CT, and Mary Magdalen, 
OSC, at the Monastery of St. Clare in Jamaica 
Plain. • Thank you to those who contributed 
material for this issue, and please keep the 
news coming. 

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Correspondent: Marie Kelleher 

12 Tappan Street 

Melrose, MA 02176; 781-665-2669 

Lent — a journey toward Easter that includes a 
reminder of the role of Pontius Pilate and the 
warning words of his wife, Claudia. Did you 
know they were married for over 50 years? 
You must be thinking that this is a strange 
beginning for the column, but it is my way of 
introducing you to a fascinating novel written 
by George LeMaitre. The book, Crucified 
Under Pontius Pilate: The Partially Recovered 
Memoirs of His Beloved Wife Claudia (Infinity 
Publishing, 2003), is the story, told by Claudia 
in her memoirs, of the social and professional 
lives of Pontius Pilate and herself as they 
moved through the stages of their personal 
and marital lives. A historical novel, it was 
very well researched by George. He has made 
a lifelong study of the days of Pontius Pilate 
and has traveled extensively in the Middle 
East, the Holy Land, and Italy as he gathered 
information. He also spoke with historians of 
ancient history and experts in biblical studies 
to verify his facts. I have read an excerpt from 
the book and found it so interesting that I am 
eager to read the entire book. You might want 
to consider it as part of your Lenten reading. 


Mimi O'Hagan NC'51 

imi O'Hagan NC'51 has truly lived 

her life for others. After managing 

publicity for the American launch 
of Schweppes ("great fun, but I got tired of 
putting bubbles in bottles"), O'Hagan decided 
to concentrate on not-for-profit organizations. 
She first founded a publicity agency serving 
nonprofits and then was an administrator at a 
community hospital. 

When she retired, she made a similar 
decision: devote the rest of her life to humani- 
tarian work abroad. A lifetime of travel in the 
developing world had made her familiar with 
extreme poverty. But a Habitat for Humanity 
trip to Ethiopia proved transformative. "The 
most striking thing," she remembers, "was 
the joyfulness of the very poor children that I 
encountered." Back in New York, she called a 
friend at Save the Children. "Where in 
Ethiopia would you most like to put a school?" 
she asked. The answer was Tigray, a remote 
region with a mostly illiterate population. 

So, at age 76, she began fundraising. "I don't know how I was so emboldened," she 
laughs. But in a few months, she had enough money to build not one, but two schools. 
Mimi's Building Blocks ( has now constructed four schools 
in Ethiopia. O'Hagan isn't done — she's raising money to expand them. "I believe that what 
we've achieved proves that anyone can help others," she says. "It is never too late to start!" 

Below, O'Hagan shares more of her thoughts: 

Mimi O'Hagan has raised funds to build 
four schools in Ethiopia. 


As a hospital administrator, establishing 
our first patient advocate and pastoral 
care programs. 


As an international volunteer, experiencing 
the challenges faced by developing countries. 


A Newton College basketball game vs. 
Harvard. We won! 


Raise funds so each school becomes 
a community education center where 
students are taught through grade 
eight and adults receive literacy and 
vocational training. 


Make friends who share your interests. 
They will become important supporters 
and fun life companions. 


I hope I am more aware of how blessed 
I was that my education encouraged me 
to do nonprofit work, sharing with those 
who have so little and need so much. 


Attending a Sacred Heart high school, I 
appreciated the balance of a challenging 
curriculum with care for others. I greatly 
admire Boston College's curriculum and 
its interfaith activities, which are so 
important in the world today. 


Focusing on one's interests and talents 
and not being afraid to work hard. 


I'm not going to say; they might read this. 


Declare a holiday. 



In November, I read an article in the Globe 
North edition of the Boston Globe reporting 
that LeMaitre Vascular, a company founded by 
George, is planning to expand the building it 
now occupies. The company, which manufac- 
tures devices and implants for use in surgery 
on obstructed arteries, is located in Burlington 
and also has international headquarters in 
Germany and Japan. The branch that was in 
Italy has just been relocated in the United 
States. • The mail recently brought me a book 
by Bishop John of Amorion — our classmate 
John Kallos. Titled Glory to God: Personal 
Reflections of Bishop John of Amorion (Eastern 
Christian Publications), it was written by 
Bishop John to commemorate the 40th 
anniversary of his ordination to the episcopate. 
Part one is devoted to journeys, and part two 
contains some of his homilies and reflections. 
As I looked over the table of contents, I 
discovered some chapters I will be reading 
during Advent or Lent. • I am ending this 
column with the sad news that Mary Jane 
(Brennan) Geis, MS'65, died on November 
23, 2010. During her professional life, Mary 
Jane worked for 20 years at St. John's Hospital 
in Queens, NY. She continued to live the 
Jesuit model of service to others through her 
volunteer work in her parish, with a special 
commitment to the Sacred Heart School. She 
also volunteered as a helper for the homeless. 
To her husband, Gregory, and family I send 
my sympathy and prayers. • Please send 
news! Our classmates really enjoy reading 
about what is happening in your lives. • I 
wish all of you could receive a copy of the 
Chronicle, the in-house BC newspaper. It 
contains information about the wonderful 
things students and faculty are doing. Here is 
the web address: 

Correspondent: Jane Quigley Hone 

20j Miro Place 

Port Washington, NY 11050; 516-627-0973 

I read in the New York Times of December 6, 
2010, about the death on November 23 of 
John Diebboll, the oldest son of Bob and 
Francie Johns Diebboll. John was extremely 

talented and studied ceramics, painting, and 
architecture. He leaves a wife and a son. We 
offer our condolences to them and to 
the family: Francie and Bob and John's five 
brothers and two sisters. 

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Correspondent: Steve Barry 

102 Brooksby Village Drive, Unit 304 

Peabody, MA 01960; 978-587-3626 

Jack Leonard completed a 26.2-mile walk 
along the Boston Marathon route for the 
Jimmy Fund. He finished in a little over nine 
hours. As mentioned previously, the Class 
Committee had voted to make a donation to 
the fund in his name. • Margie Murphy has 
been elected treasurer of the Cape Cod BC 
alumni chapter. • On September 30, 2010, we 
had 51 at our Mass on the Newton Campus 
and our "75th birthday party" at the BC Club 
afterward. Marie and I were unable to make it 
because I had an infection (I'm now fully 
recovered). • The Bermuda cruise for our 55th 
anniversary will be on Norwegian Cruise 
Lines, leaving Boston on Friday, May 27, and 
returning on Friday, June 3, in plenty of time 
for those who plan to stay at BC Friday night 
for the weekend reunion. As of this writing 
(November), we had 48 signed up and 20 
cabins reserved. On Saturday, round-trip bus 
service will be provided between the campus 
and the Connors Family Retreat and 
Convention Center in Dover, where our Mass 
and dinner will take place. Mass will be at 
4 p.m., followed by a social hour at 6 p.m. and 
the dinner at 7 p.m. Charlie Laverty and Owen 
Lynch, JD'59, who co-chair the Gift 
Committee, are looking to exceed the number 
of classmates who participated in our 50th 
anniversary gift and the amount given. • The 
class is planning to go to the UNH hockey 
game on March 4. There will be an alumni 
reception before the game — check the BC 
website for starting times. • We are hoping for 
good representation at the April 3 Laetare 
Sunday Mass and communion brunch. 
• Claire Hoban McCormack's mother, 
Madeline (Wallace) Hoban, died in October 
2010 at the age of 105. In addition to Claire, 
she leaves six sisters, five grandchildren, and 

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three great-grandchildren. Also, Joseph R. 
Loschi '56 of Virginia Beach, VA, died in 
June. John Harney forwarded to Carolyn 
(Kenney) Foley a note from Joe Coppola, 

reporting that Eugene McCarthy died in 
November, leaving two sons and several 
grandchildren. Among many honors, 
' Gene received the St. Ignatius Award from 
BC High. Please keep these classmates 
and their families — and all our classmates — 
in your prayers. • Thanks to all who sent 
news. • A reminder: you can log on to the 
alumni online community to read and post 
news of accomplishments, travel, etc. 

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Correspondent: Patricia Leary Dowling 

39 Woodside Drive 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-696-0163 

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Correspondent: Francis E. Lynch 

2j Arbutus Lane 

West Dennis, MA 02670 

The last annual fall event for our class was 
held on September 11, 2010, in the former 
cardinal's residence, because our traditional 
venue, Gasson Hall, is currently under 
renovation. Before the event, a number of 
people had indicated that they would attend: 
Rev. Tom Ahearn; Ed Brickley; Joe Burke; Bill 
Cunningham; Jim Daly; Jim Devlin; Dick 
Dowling; Rita (McGrath) and Dom Emello; 
Kay and Tom Giblin '50; Tom Harrington; 
John Harrington MBA'66, H'10; George 
Hennessy; Dorothy (Bagnell) MS'62 and John 
Kelliher MBA'71; Rev. Gerry Kelly; Peg Kenney 
MA'59; Bob Latshaw; Paul Martel; Paul 
McAdams; Dave McAvoy; Myles McCabe; 
Paul McNulty; Bill McQueeney; Elizabeth 
Salmon McRae; Leo Morrissey; Marilyn 
Wilson Smith; Walter Sullivan; Bob Tiernan 
MS'59; Bill Tobin MBA70; and John Wissler 
MBA'72. Most attended, as planned, but one 
or two could not make this great event. • Jim 
Turley suffered a stroke on August 2, the day 
before Paul Mahoney's Cape barbecue. At 
present, Jim is home, and his house has been 
modified to accommodate a wheelchair. He 
has lost the use of his left arm and leg, which 
makes it difficult for him to get about, but his 
mind is as sharp as ever. He is very grateful 
for all the support and love he is experiencing 
from Betty and their children. • The class 
extends its heartiest congratulations to Bill 
Cunningham as the proud recipient of the 
William V. McKenney Award on October 1, 
2010. Bill and his wife, Joan, have established 
two endowed scholarships: the William J. 
Cunningham III Memorial Golf Scholarship 
in memory of their son and the Joan P. and 
William ]. Cunningham, Jr. '57 Scholarship. 
Bill is the second member of our class to 
receive the McKenney Award; both he and 
John Harrington are recipients, and both 
have also served as term presidents of the 


Boston College Alumni Association — in 
different years — certainly a great achievement 
for two exemplar)- gentlemen. • Bill 
McQueeney was elected interim class 
president and chair of the board of directors at 
the board meeting on November 22. The 
board will now be working on some events for 
2011 that will be announced later in the new 
year. • Your prayers are requested for Jack 
Conway, who is seriously ill on the Cape. • Just 
a reminder to send your class dues to Bill 
Tobin. • Best to all for much happiness and 
good health in 2011. 

Correspondent: Connie Weldon LeMaitre 
Correspondent: Connie Hanley Smith 

This time our focus is "westward." From 
San Francisco, Margy Craig Sheehy 
writes that her sister Helen Craig Lynch 
NC'59, whom we all remember, traveled out 
west to organize a party for her 75th 
birthday! Several dozen of Margy's "closest" 
friends were there. In October, we (Tim and 
Connie Hanley Smith) had a wonderful visit 
with Margy while on our own trip west. 
A highlight was seeing an exhibition of 
Impressionist art from the Musee d'Orsay. 
The De Young Museum in San Francisco 
was the only venue in the United States to 
show this exhibit. From there, we drove 
south to Monterey and Carmel, along the 
spectacular coast from Big Sur to Santa 
Barbara, and on to the Thacher School in 
the Ojai Valley. Tim's family has been 
connected to Thacher since the 1920s, so 
it was an important visit for him. Back to 
news of Margy: She plans to accompany 
Helen and her husband, Jack, to Prague 
next summer for the third time! He teaches 
at the USF School of Law in its summer 
abroad program. • Back to the Northeast: 
Kate McCann Benson is doing well after 
recent knee replacement surgery. She sends 
her thanks to all for their moral support 
and prayers. • Wishing everyone well for 
2011! • Please keep us up-to-date. 

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Correspondent: David Rafferty 

2296 Ashton Oakes Lane, No. 101 

Stonebridge Country Club 

Naples, FL 34109; 239-596-0290 

Condolences of the class go out to the 
family of Frank Day, a longtime active 
member of our Class Committee. Frank 
leaves his life partner of 50 years, Jean, and 
two children, both of whom are BC grads. 
• Congratulations to Bill Doherty, who 
was recently elected to his fourth consecutive 
term as Barnstable County commissioner. 
. Sheldon Daly, BC Half of Fame Club 
president, is looking for new members. The 
enrollment fee is $50. Two hours before 

each home football game, the Hall of Fame 
Club serves beer and wine as well as a buffet 
in the Shea Room at Alumni Stadium. 
All proceeds are donated to the athletic 
department. • The Mass of the Holy Spirit 
was well attended by classmates and 
spouses. Fr. James Keenan gave a wonderful 
talk, and after Mass, everyone got together 
at the Stockyard restaurant for lunch. 

• Many thanks to Suzanne and Jack Murray 
for hosting a fall foliage get-together at 
their Lake Champlain compound in 
Burlington, VT Those in attendance — 
Yvonne and Norm Frates, Roland and 
Joan (Downing) LaChance, Carol and Ed 
Mulcahy, Tony '59 and Bea (Capraro) Busa, 
and Dave Rafferty — were treated to excellent 
weather, great conversation, and a full 
weekend of activities. Jack was the skipper 
for the boat rides on Lake Champlain and 
the Winooski River. A fabulous time was had 
by all. • Next fall we are planning to have 
a major class tailgate party at one of the 
football games. The emphasis will be on the 
tailgating, where we can spend a lot of 
time socializing. Over 30 classmates 
attended the Clemson game after starting 
their day at the Hall of Fame Club hosted by 
Sheldon Daly. • Prayers of the class go out to 
the daughters of Tom "Tank" Meehan, who is 
seriously ill. • Peggy and Frank Meissner are 
keeping busy commuting between Canton, 
Falmouth (in summer), and Sarasota, FL (in 
winter). Frank turned his insurance agency 
over to his son Steve '88 when he retired in 
2004. • Don't forget your class dues. Please 
send $25 to our treasurer Jack "Mucca" 
McDevitt, 28 Cedar Rd., Medford, MA 02155. 

• Please let me hear from you! 

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Correspondent: Jo Geary 

27 Kingswood Road 

Aubumdale, MA 02466; 617-332-6798 

Last summer, Paul and Mickey Cunningham 

Wetzel visited daughter Sarah and her 
family in Maine and spent a week in Arizona 
in the fall. Their son Dan, Yahoo! 's national 
sports columnist, is coauthor of a new book 
called Death to the BCS: Tlie Definitive Case 
Against the Bowl Championship Series; college 
football is the subject. • Mary Denman 
O'Shea's son Geoffrey was named chair of 
the psychology department at SUNY 
Oneonta, and daughter Amy is researching 
her third book on the history of the 
Champlain Canal. Equestrian Mary was 
recently thrown by her horse. Fortunately, 
no serious injury resulted, but her favorite 
helmet had to be replaced. Summarizing 
summer, Mary said, "The hotter the better. 
I froze in Florida last winter." • Beth Duffy 
Legare and Susie Kennedy Baxter participated 
in the Circle of Scholars program at Salve 
Regina University in Newport, RI, and they 
attended an international current events 
seminar series last fall. • Mary Keating McKell, 
who has now been with the Vanderbilt 
Museum for some 10 years, says cultural 
venues on Long Island are reviving from the 
two-year swoon, and they are busy with 

many visitors from abroad. In early October, 
she and Dave spent a few days in DC. 
Mary, Beth, Susie, Kate Glutting Arcand, and 
Mary Azzara Archdeacon gathered in Mystic, 
CT, for their annual "world problem-solving 
luncheon." A Christmas present from Mary 
Archdeacon to her children, their spouses, 
and her grandchildren was a few days in 
Montauk, NY, in July. In October, she traveled 
to Ireland and Scotland, surviving road 
challenges with "only a few" fender benders. 
• Bob and Nancy Brickley Toal visited 
Falmouth last summer, seeing Bob's friends 
from his military days at Otis Air Force 
Base. They also stopped in Scituate to visit 
Dave and Gail McDonough Sullivan. The 
NC'58 roommates hadn't seen one another 
for 55 years. Nancy later went to Boston 
to visit son Vince, his wife, and their two 
girls — Nancy's only grandchildren. • Edward 
and Audie Nolan Galvin spent a month at 
their summer home in Medinaceli, Spain, 
and for the first time in 30 years, had visitors 
from America. Recently, they welcomed 
their first great-grandchild, a boy. • We 
traveled and we read last summer. Our 
reading list included the Stieg Larsson series; 
Tell No One, by Harlan Coben, a favorite of 
Dottie Roche Richardson's; No Time for 
Goodbye; The Good Earth; Cutting for Stone; 
One True Thing; The Widow's War, To Kill a 
Mockingbird; A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, 
Testimony; and The River of Doubt: Theodore 
Roosevelt's Darkest Journey. 

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Correspondent: George Holland 

244 Hawthorne Street 

Maiden, MA 02148; 781-321-4217 

Over 75 classmates and guests attended a 
reception and dinner at Alumni House on the 
Newton Campus on November 6, 2010. Prior 
to the reception, a Mass was said at Trinity 
Chapel on the campus. A highlight of the 
evening was a presentation by Marc Landy, 
professor of political science, who gave 
his insights into the results of the recent 
elections. The Event Committee of Beth 
Grady MS'64, Frank Martin, Peter 
McLaughlin, and Bill Sherman hope to repeat 
this dinner each fall. • We are saddened to 
learn of the deaths of Edward John Degraw, 
MS'61, of Hockessin, DE, on July 14, 2010, 
and of Margaret Carmody Kovar of 
Skaneateles, NY, on August 2. • We are also 
sad to report the passing of our classmate 
Martin Redington on December 16. Martin 
died after being struck by a car while walking 
down a street in Concord, where he resided. 
He leaves his wife, Andrea; two children; and 
three sisters. 

Correspondent: Maryjane Mulvanity Casey 

75 Savoy Road 

Needham, MA 02492; 781-400-5405 


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Correspondent: Joseph R. Carty 
233 River Street 
Norwell, MA 02061 

Phil Sullivan and his entire family went on a 

two-week trip to Alaska. It was a welcome 

getaway from the hot and humid summer. 

They did everything you take a trip to Alaska 

to do! Everyone had a great time spending 

their inheritance. • Below is a little litany 

I discovered recently: 

This is the day to thank God for all his 

many blessings in our lives. With gratitude 

we now say: 

For the love of God, for faith, family, and friends; 

For joys, successes, achievements, and 


For health, safety, work, and rest; 

For struggles, sorrows, trials, and sufferings; 

For our jobs, for those who support us, for our 

education, and for the chance to serve; 

For our gifts, talents and abilities, for honors, 

for strength and energy; 

For our homes, for food, warmth and shelter, 

for all the things that have made us happy; 

For our hobbies and pets, for happy memories, 

for our favorite things, for leisure and relaxation; 

For our nation, for freedom and peace, for 

teachers, leaders, and those who give us good 

example, we thank you O Lord. • That is the 

report for this time. It would be great if you 

would send me information on yourselves. 

Send your news to my e-mail address above or 

to the BC website for all classes. I need 

information to fill our column — all you retired 

people have no excuse. • Class dues of $50 are 

due. Please send your check to Vin Failla, 60 

Pigeon Lane, Waltham, MA 02452. 

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Correspondent: Sally O'Connell Healy 

218 Corey Lane 

Middletown, RI 02842; 491-862-7338 

May I begin by wishing all a belated happy, 
healthy new year! Let's pray that our world in 
2011 will bring stability in the economy 
and good health care, and that it will 
come closer to attaining peace and freedom 
for all. • Julie O'Neill's brother James '59 
passed away in October after a lengthy 
illness. Julie was very involved in his care, 
and we send our condolences to her and to 
his family. • Ursula Kent Lanigan, MPH'73, 
is presently — as of November — recuperating 
from hip surgery. We send our good wishes; 
we hope you will be feeling stronger soon, 
Ursula. • Sally O'Connell Healy's entire 
family spent Thanksgiving in Italy visiting 
her oldest grandchild, Cait, who is studying 
in Florence this year. Prior to this trip, 
Sally and Kevin had Bill and Dot Radics 
McKeon at their home for dinner and 
learned that they have a newly adopted 
Russian grandchild, who is adorable and 
settling in well. • John and Kathleen 

McDermott Kelsh's youngest, Dan, was 
married in early October. Following this 
celebration, John and Kathy took a trip to 
South America, where they visited 
Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. • Sheila 
O'Connor Toal wrote: "Larry and I had a 
busy summer with our reunion, which was 
an outstanding success, thanks to all who 
worked on the committee. It was wonderful 
to see all those familiar faces and touch 
base with some classmates we didn't know 
so well when we were at Newton. Later in 
June, we went on a safari in Tanzania with 
six friends. What an amazing experience! 
Over the summer, we entertained John and 
Ferna Ronci Rourke, John and Lennie 
Coniglio De Csepel, and Marie McCabe 
Stebbins. In September, we had a truly 
memorable trip to Rome, with excellent art 
guides from Cornell in Rome and very 
knowledgeable archaeologists who greatly 
enriched our undersanding of a unique city 
that offers so much history."* The supplement 
to our Golden Eagles yearbook, a DVD, 
included many pictures taken over the 50th 
reunion weekend. We hope you enjoyed 
the combination of the yearbook and DVD 
to preserve your NC memories. • Sally 
O'Connell Healy has graciously offered to 
take over the position of class correspondent, 
reporting your news in this column. I'd 
like to thank all of you who contributed 
your personal and professional information 
to our column over the last 20 years. I 
appreciated the help you gave me, and I 
encourage you to support Sally in her 
new endeavor. 

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Correspondents: Dave and 

Joan Angino Melville 

3 Earl Road 

Bedford, MA 01730; 781-273-6334 

Our condolences to Sally Burke, wife of 
Ed Burke. Eddie passed away on August 5, 
2010, and was laid to rest on November 15, 
with full military honors, in Arlington 
National Cemetery. Also our condolences 
to Jane Anderson Strunk on her husband's 
death in October, 2010, and to Jack McDowell, 
whose wife, Patty, passed away very suddenly 
in December. May they rest in peace. 
• We received a note from Jack Farrell. 
He mentions that the alumni office had 
listed him as deceased, "but the reports of 
his death are greatly exaggerated." For the 
past 20 years, Jack has worked as a psycholo- 
gist in the Maryland prison system, and in 
February 201 1, he had a book published. 
Titled Mystical Experiences: Wisdom in 
Unexpected Places from Prisons to Main Street, 
it tells stories of paranormal experiences of 
inmates and is a real page turner. • The 
Hon. Edward R. Karazin Jr. was the recipient 
of the 2010 Judicial Award from the 
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. Ed 
received his law degree from Fordham in 
1964 and then went on active duty in 
Vietnam, where he served as a military 
advisor to the Vietnamese. He was awarded 
the Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Gallantry 

Cross. He resides in Stamford with his 
wife, Renie. They have three married 
children and nine grandchildren. • Tony 
O'Malley's son Mike continues to star in 
Hollywood. He was nominated for an Emmy 
for his part in the hit comedy Glee, one of 
the two prime-time shows in which he 
appears. He is also on the big screen with 
Julia Roberts in the drama Eat Pray Love. 
• From Nancy Magri Dubin we received the 
following: "Last fall, 29 nursing classmates 
from the New England and Mid-Atlantic 
areas gathered on Cape Cod for a pre-50th 
reunion. Maureen O'Neil Looney, Lois Lane 
Carroll MS'88, Rita Ailinger, Pat Bedard 
Triggs, and Sara Welch Haynes very 
generously offered their homes on the 
Cape to the class. We had a Friday night 
cocktail party at Mo's house; dinner Saturday 
night at Alberto's in Hyannis, where a 
complete stranger serenaded the group with 
the BC fight song; and brunch at Sara's house 
on Sunday. The weather was ideal, and the 
weekend was a huge success. Attending 
were Claire Lawton, Christine Murphy 
Mayor, Kay Molloy O'Meara, Kathleen 
Sullivan McLoughlin, Mary Sullivan 
Greenfield, Mary Ann Bowes Quitmeyer, 
Ellen Brennan Burns, Ellen Wedgeworth 
Ryan, Nancy Magri Dubin, Anne Manning 
Ackerman, Maureen Nagle Banks, Maddie 
Druzdis Venis, Rosemary Welch Otis, Ann 
MeGrath Gookin, Barbara O'Keefe Watkins, 
Pat Harrigan Hutchinson, Elizabeth Davitt 
Weed, Barbara Power Madden MS '73, Elaine 
Guerra Kelly, Ann Wasilauskas Mulligan, 
Judy Barden Hall, Elena Pelusi Bean, and 
Ann Dugan Cotter." • As we are fast 
approaching our 50th class reunion, we 
hope you have already made plans for the 
weekend of June 3-5. For classmates who 
were members of the Semper Fidelis Society 
and/or served in the Marine Corps, Tom 
Dahoney is putting together a gathering 
during the reunion. If you haven't been 
contacted, Tom's e-mail is tomdahoney@ Our class is attempting to set a 
new BC record by having at least 61 percent 
of our members contributing to the class gift. 
If you haven't been contacted, please be in 
touch with either Jack Joyce, MBA'70, or 
Tom Martin. • Dave Melville has been elected 
chairman of the board of trustees of Nativity 
Preparatory School. Nativity is a Jesuit middle 
school providing tuition-free education to 
boys from low-income families residing in 
Boston's inner-city neighborhoods. • We hope 
to see you all at the reunion. Safe travels! 

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Correspondent: Missy Clancy Rudman 

1428 Primrose Lane 
Franklin, TN 37064 

First, a reminder: our 50th reunion will take 
place the first weekend in June — June 3-5. 
Messages have been sent out (to those for 
whom I have e-mail addresses) with updates 
and requests for recent e-mail and home 
addresses. Brigid O'Sullivan Sheehan and her 
committee have been working diligently to 
make this a memorable weekend for our 


class. • We have heard from many but Linda 
Jenks Hiller, Faith Perkins Quinlan, Nancy 
Gain Degonzale-Mujica. Anne Boiler Mathieu, 
Kathleen Denton. Mary Loretta Dillon, Susie 
Gallagher Trainor. Anita Hennessy Disomma, 
Sandy Irwin Heiler. Gloria Novella De 
Urruela, Nancy O'Neill MA'67, Marie Sturges 
Houston. Dianne Schonland Sims, Bobbie 
Thole Finley, and Julie Halleran Donahue are 
among the missing or not heard from. If you 
can contact them or know their whereabouts, 
the committee would really appreciate your 
input. You can e-mail me at the address at the 
top of this column. You can also go online to 
html and check out the alumni section. • As of 
this time (November/ December) news from 
Sr. Judy Vollbrecht in Haiti, who could 
certainly use our help through her "Apron 
Pocket," ranges from the cholera epidemic to 
the need for the basics in life. 

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Correspondents: Frank and Eileen 

(Irish) Faggiano 

33 Gleason Road 

Reading, MA 01867; 781-944-0720 

Jim O'Connor, treasurer of the American 
Association of the Order of Malta and chair 
of the Order of Malta Worldwide Relief, 
the Americas, organized and led a team of 
members of the order, doctors, nurses, techni- 
cians, and volunteers to the order's hospital in 
Milot, Haiti, in a massive relief effort after the 
earthquake. Hopital Sacre Coeur was not 
damaged, and it became the major trauma/ 
triage hospital for the whole country. The U.S. 
Coast Guard and Navy helicoptered victims 
daily to the hospital, where the bed capacity 
increased from 65 to 500. Logistics included 
20 private planes to transport medical person- 
nel/volunteers, medical supplies, food to feed 
1,000 people daily, and other needs. The 
Caritas Christi Health Care system in Boston 
mobilized teams of medical people for three 
months, contributed $1 million in cash, and 
facilitated $2 million in medical supplies 
from Philips Healthcare and $1 million from 
Siemens. The Order of Malta in America 
raised over $1.5 million, and the Order of 
Malta Worldwide Relief raised $400,000. 
Finally, a mobile prosthetics lab was purchased 
to provide artificial limbs for more than 600 
patients. In November, the Order of Malta 
presented Jim the Grand Cross of Merit for 
this extraordinary effort. • Bill Novelline, 
founder and chief investment officer of Abbot 
Financial Management in North Andover, has 
been honored with the prestigious 2011 Five 
Star Wealth Manager Award. The award is 
based on nine criteria, including customer 
service, quality of recommendations, and 
meeting the client's financial objectives. Bill 
started the business in 1983 and is currendy 
managing it with his son Andrew '97, who 
is president. • Dan '56 and Joyce Francis 
McDevitt restructured their company, 
McDevitt Recruitment Advertising Inc., and 
on July 1, McDevitt Advertising LLC began 
operations. Some of the business is with 
governmental agencies, and it is a vendor for 

the VA Boston Healthcare System. In 
addition, Dan and Joyce, who have been 
thoroughbred racing fans for more than 40 
years, attended the Breeders' Cup in 
Louisville, KY, last November. • Our wish for 
you is that 2011 will bring you the blessings of 
health and happiness. • Remember too, we 
would love to hear from you. 

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Correspondent: Mary Ann Brennan Keyes 
26 Ridgewood Crossing 
Hingham, MA 02043 

Sheila Leahy Valicenti wrote: "Sheila Tiernan 
Balboni is executive director of a nonprofit 
agency that develops and manages programs 
of education ( 
Most recently, Sheila has been expanding 
her charter school to a network of charters 
in Lawrence for grades K-8. Sheila also just 
received a Promise Neighborhoods planning 
grant (1 of only 21) given by the U.S. 
Department of Education to replicate Geoffrey 
Canada's Harlem Children's Zone in 
Lawrence — see the website for Promise 
Neighborhoods Institute. I don't know 
whether you have seen Waiting for 'Superman, 
but that is a very good way to learn about the 
impact of charter schools. I believe Sheila is 
going to be in Washington this week to accept 
the grant." • Beth Graham O'Mara is also 
dedicated to the education of children. Beth, 
one of the few classmates still working 
full-time, finds her time spent at Bank Street 
College of Education, located on the Upper 
West Side of Manhattan, most rewarding. As 
a learning specialist for over 15 years at the 
Bank Street School for Children, she spends 
most of her time supporting teachers, 
families, and children as they navigate their 
way through each grade. Beth describes this 
school as dedicated to the ideals of progres- 
sive education; that is, child-centered, 
collaborative, and experiential. Teachers and 
staff members work toward successfully 
educating a diverse population of students — 
those with a range of cultural backgrounds, 
learning styles, and economic resources — to 
prepare them for the diverse global world they 
will face as independent adults. Bank Street 
College has three divisions: a graduate school 
of education, a private school for children, 
and a division of continuing education. 
The School for Children is a lab school that 
welcomes visitors, so please let Beth know if 
you are interested in stopping by if you visit 
Manhattan. • I'm sure you all remember W 
Martin entertaining us on the piano just 
about every day after lunch in the lounge next 
to the dining hall in Stuart. She has continued 
to use her incredible talent bringing music to 
others. She writes: "I have now retired for the 
second time — may stay that way. I have spent 
the last week buying a portable piano key- 
board and all the various attachments. I have 
been playing piano for a couple of senior center 
choruses, and they get a bit busy around the 
holidays. I hope to do more of this next 
year for private parties. It only took me 50 
years to try to make a few bucks at this!" 
• Janet Richmond Latour writes: "I am back 

at work. Besides buying gold for Party of 
Gold, I am back as interim principal in 
Athol. They called me and asked if I'd do it 
until July 1. I said I would, but I have to 
have three weeks off in March to go to 
Florida. No problem and so I will be there." 
• Anne Gallagher Murphy has once again 
organized a group from our class to gather 
the first week of March in Florida. It is a great 
way to bring the snowbirds of NC'62 together, 
and hopefully the numbers will continue to 
grow. Anyone interested in the details should 
contact Anne at 

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Correspondent: Matthew J. McDonnell 

121 Shore Avenue 

Quincy, MA 02169; 617-479-1714 

Bobbi Keane organized a small but very 
successful luncheon reunion of the nursing 
class at the Boston Newton Marriott in 
August, with about 20 classmates in atten- 
dance. Among those enjoying the benefit and 
sharing laughs and memories were Beth 
Bartholomew Vrees, Joan Bautze Rockett, Pat 
Bocchichio Donohoe, Fran Bonanno Dionne, 
Georgeana Dowd Hunton, Marie Brady 
Ryder, Joan Donahue Sullivan, Marie Duggan, 
Sr. Louise Gallahue, Ann Hurley, Bobbi 
Keane, Mary Lee King Hovanian, Michele 
Lally Champagne, Alberta Maiorano Vasilake, 
Jane Mannix Mullowney, Joan McCabe 
Dunphy, Judy McLaughlin Kelly, Kathy 
McAloon Hallee MA'06, Marieann Plante 
Blake, Sheila Smith, Kay Williams Robbins, 
and Madeleine Bibeau Chandler. Bobbi Keane 
has retired to Florida after a career in nursing 
(Boston VA), nursing education, and elemen- 
tary school teaching in Acton. She keeps very 
busy in her Crystal River community as 
coeditor of the local newspaper, plays a lot of 
golf and duplicate bridge, and is very active in 
her local parish church. Beth Vrees splits her 
time between Kittery, ME, and Naples, FL. 
She and her husband, Peter, have four 
children and six grandkids. Joan Rockett 
retired from VNA and lives in Marblehead 
and Florida with her husband, Edward. They 
have three daughters. Pat Donohoe is happily 
retired and enjoying her grandchildren. Fran 
Dionne has retired after a career teaching 
nursing and working at the Medical University 
of South Carolina. She is enjoying her two 
kids and three grandkids. Georgeana Hunton 
is retired from a career in public health and 
has four children. Marie Ryder is still working 
at Middlesex Community College in the 
nursing program. She and husband Bill have 
three kids and five grandkids. Joan Sullivan 
has lived in Dennis Port for the last six years, 
after moving from Westwood. She works 
part-time with Alzheimer's patients. She has 
four kids and four grandkids. Marie Duggan 
continues to work at New England Baptist 
Surgicenter in Brookline and tries to keep up 
with her 25 nieces and nephews. Sr. Louise 
Gallahue is the provincial of the Daughters of 
Charity in the Northeast Province, where she 
has worked on health issues since obtaining 
her master's in nursing from Columbia in 
1986. Ann Hurley still lives in Brookline with 


her husband, David Mayhew, and works 
part-time at Brigham & Women's Hospital. 
She retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after 
27 years. Mary Lee Hovanian retired six years 
ago after 26 years as a professor of med/surg 
nursing. She has been married twice and was 
widowed 14 years ago. She splits her year 
between her lake house at Weirs Beach, NH, 
her daughter-in-law's house in Topsfield, and 
a Florida home in Venice. She has three 
children and five grandkids. More on the 
other attendees in later columns. • I am sad to 
report that William J. Carmichael died on 
August 28, 2010. Bill was a retired captain in 
the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. 
He is survived by his two sons, Christopher 
and Justin. • The initial meeting of the 
Planning Committee for our 50th reunion 
has been scheduled by our class president, 
Tom McCabe, for early January. Talk it 
up. We would welcome your participation 
and input. 

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Correspondent: Colette Koechley McCarty 


106 Woodhue Lane 

Cary, NC 2J518; 919-233-056] 

Patty Lyster Vitty, who was our classmate 
freshman year, wrote to say hello. Patty lived 
on Cushing 11 with Maureen Kane Allman 
next to, I think, Marie Craigin Wilson and 
across the hall from Anne Gallagher and 
Colette Koechley McCarty. As freshmen, it 
was our job to answer the hall phone, and we 
had fun racing to get to it with the fewest 
possible rings — and, of course, hoping it was 
for us! Patty didn't return to finish at 
Newton — she says she regrets this now. She 
was such fun; I regret it, too. Patty lives on 
Long Island with her husband; their children 
are out of the house, so they are free to travel. 
• Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, is the winner of the 
2010 Jubilate Deo Award given by the National 
Association of Pastoral Musicians "for 
courageous leadership and tireless advocacy 
of liturgical renewal." Congratulations! Many 
of you remember traveling to Kenwood 
Convent of the Sacred Heart in Albany 
when Kathleen entered the order. We were 
still at Newton then. • Maureen Meehan 
Sennot O'Leary brought her two grandsons, 
Ronan and Huxley Sennot, to view the 
Thanksgiving Day parade with Colette 
McCarty and her family. Brendan McCarty's 
firm hosts a brunch from an office overlooking 
34th St. above the reviewing stand. The 
grandkids — the Sennots and Conor and 
Declan McCarty — had a great time, and the 
adults — Tom and Colette, Maureen, Brendan 
and Cathy, and Sarah McCarty Arneson and 
husband Dave — did as well. 

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Correspondent: John Moynihan 
27 Rockland Street 
Swampscott, MA 01907 

Mary Ann Mullaney McLaughlin is codirector 
of the Office of Worship and Spiritual Life 
for the Archdiocese of Boston. She was one of 
the initiators of the Arise program. • The New 
England Association of Schools and Colleges 
presented Carl Stasio with the Richard Bradley 
Award, given to a New England educator 
who has made significant contributions to 
the organization. Carl has been headmaster of 
Thornton Academy in Saco, ME, since 1986. 

• Bob Creedon, JD'67, was chosen as season 
ticket holder of the game at the Virginia 
football victory. • Margie Supple Mone spends 
one day a week at the Brockton Trial Court as 
an advocate for domestic violence victims and 
several days as a clinical nurse specialist 
for the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center. 

• Bonnie Moriarty has retired as associate 
superintendent for personnel and curriculum 
for the Diocese of Springfield, MA. • Bob 
Filiault is director of worldwide channel 
sales for Micrel Semiconductor. He was 
married in August 2009 on the beach in 
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, before children, 
grandchildren, and friends. • Ken Boegler 
retired from the Army in 1991 and then 
served as VP of an international office products 
company for several years. He is spending his 
retirement in Florida and on Cape Cod. • Bill 
Cormier teamed up with Jim Lucie '65, 
MEd'67, and the Heightsmen for a gig at last 
June's reunion. • Brian Condon was appointed 
to the emeritus board of the Connecticut 
Sports Federation Against Cancer. • Nick Perna 
is still teaching economics at Yale. He spends 
summers at his beach house in Old Lyme, CT, 
which he purchased from Kev Moravek. Tom 
Corso has a place nearby. • Last August, Gene 
Sullivan hosted a Gold Key reunion that 
included Norb Nyhan, Pete Shaughnessey, 
and Emmet McCarthy. • Jim Spillane, SJ, 
MA'68, MDiv'76, a professor at a Jesuit 
college in Tanzania, celebrated a memorial 
Eucharist in honor of Joe Walsh and Thomas 
"Mike" Fallon. • Bob Scavullo organized 
two events for the BC Northern California 
alumni chapter — the second annual Laetare 
Sunday luncheon and a dinner party and 
discussion with Tom Reese, SJ, former 
editor of America magazine. • Bob Bent's 
daughter Eliza '04 produced an off-Broadway 
play, Blue Dress Reduction, based on a 
wedding in London. She wrote most of the 
play and the songs and choreographed most 
of the dance numbers. • I have recently 
been named as U.S. administrator for Only 
A Child, an NGO that serves street children 
in Guatemala. • BC has broken ground on 
Stokes Hall, a new academic building 
situated in the Dustbowl area and bearing 
the family name of BC trustee and benefactor 
Pat Stokes. 

Correspondent: Priscilla Weinlandt Lamb 

125 Elizabeth Road 

New Rochelle, NY 10804; 914-636-0214 

Susan Madden sent an update last fall, just 
a few days too late to make it into the last 
column. She moved four years ago into Fox 
Hill Village, a retirement community in 

Westwood. As Susan describes it, she went 
"kicking and screaming but immediately fell 
in love with it." It was built 20 years ago 
by Massachusetts General Hospital for its 
doctors, but she says that lawyers, financiers, 
and others have moved in as well. Susan Lee 
Gannon and Joyce Kneeland Hartke have 
been there several times for lunch. Susan 
also celebrated her 50th high-school 
reunion (haven't we all!) last May and said 
that Karen Wallace Murray did a wonderful 
job organizing it. She also reports that Susan 
Deady Reed and Ellen Donovan Fallon 
both look terrific. Thanks, Susan, for getting 
in touch. • More news, this time from the 
West Coast. Jill Schoemer Hunter received 
a call from Jan Vosburgh Zak, who was 
going to Saratoga and wanted to meet for 
lunch. Jan's husband, Kenny '63, has a sister 
who lives in Saratoga, and Jan discovered, 
while reading this column, that Jill was 
there. Jill said that it was wonderful to see 
her after 45 years, and they plan to get 
together again when Jan's in town. Also, Jill 
was reelected to Saratoga's City Council 
for four more years and extends an open 
invitation for a "personal tour" to anyone 
visiting Silicon Valley. • And now one 
last note regarding the infamous "Drop 
That Name" challenge. Pat Noonan Walsh 
NC'65 writes from University College 
Dublin, where she is professor emerita of 
disability studies, that the "song about Jean- 
Paul Sartre was terrific, and I remember 
chunks of it to this day!" • In closing, I want 
to share a timely observation from the 
late Larry Gelbart (comedy writer for 
M*A"S'"H and Tootsie, among other hits): 
"Contrary to popular belief, it's not the 
legs that go first; it's remembering the 
word for legs." I'm happy that I remembered 
to write this column. 

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Correspondent: Patricia McNulty Harte 

6 Everett Avenue 

Winchester, MA 01890; r j8i- r j29-n8 r ] 

Sarah Ann and Jim Mahoney had a delightful 
Thanksgiving weekend at Castle Hill in 
Newport, RI, with all their children and 
grandchildren, topped off with the celebration 
of the marriage of their daughter Ellen to 
Scott Pike on Saturday. 

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Correspondent: Linda Mason Crimmins 

3902 MacGregor Drive 
Columbia, SC 29206 

Nancy Philpott Cook returned to the 
Cape after our reunion and enjoyed sailing, 
grandkids, and a visit with Annmarie 
O'Connor Stanton and her family. • Angie 
McDonnell Larimer still has her great sense 
of humor. She sent an update that included 
a hilarious fantasy life that I wish I could 


publish. In reality, Angie and husband Tom 
live in Cincinnati, have five children, grand- 
children (ages 3 through n), and a 14-year-old 
Jack Russell named Daisy. Angie has her own 
accounting and tax business. • Kelley Burg 
and husband Eric recently completed a 
marathon trip to five cities in six weeks, 
visiting family and friends in Minneapolis; 
London and Bristol. England; New York City; 
and San Francisco. When they encountered 
colder weather, they visited thrift shops as 
they have no need for winter clothing at home 
in Hawaii. Great idea! While in New York, 
Kelley and Helen O'Brien Maher and 
husbands reunited after losing contact many 
years ago. Both remarked how fun it was to 
get together again. Reunions, mini and huge, 
warm the heart and make us feel young again! 
Helen is a realtor and banker, lives in Old 
Greenwich, and enjoys her seven grandkids. 

• Speaking of reunions, Janet Mclnerney 
Sargent sends regrets for not organizing 
a New York City Christmas lunch in 2010, 
but she felt it might be a little too close to our 
recent reunion to attract sufficient interest. 
She hopes enthusiasm will run high for a 
lunch this year and will happily organize it. 
Details to follow. Thanks, Janet, for planning 
that luncheon for the past six years. It is a nice 
treat between reunions on campus. • Dotti 
O'Connell Cherry spends her time in 
Connecticut raising English springer spaniel 
show dogs. She has three grandchildren, 
ages 6, 4, and 9 months, courtesy of her 
son Jonathan and his wife, Tiziana. Dotti 
also has another son, Tim, in Waltham and 
a daughter, Jennifer. • Barbara Sweeney 
Kenny. Donna Cianelli, and Nancy McNiff 
O'Brien attended the Priscilla Durkin 
Memorial Lecture at the McMullen Museum. 
Incidentally, Barbara and her husband were 
pictured on the latest mailing from BC. 

• Yours truly enjoyed a visit to Yellowstone, 
the Grand Tetons, and Mt. Rushmore in 
September. Check out the Senior Golden 
Pass for our national parks; it's a great deal. 

• Please keep your news coming! 

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Correspondent: Dane Baird 

104 Seven Iron Court 

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082; 904-373-0982 

We are sorry to report the passing of 
Robert LeLieuvre of Roswell, NM, on 
December 1, 2010. A professor emeritus of 
the University of Great Falls, where he 
had taught from 1995 to 2007, Robert was 
an academic and clinician in psychology. 
He taught at Bradley University, Indiana- 
Purdue University, Goddard College, and 
Stone Child College, and he served as 
associate dean of the College of Professional 
Studies at the University of San Francisco. 
He was also a senior clinical psychologist 
at St. Brigid's Hospital in County Louth, 
Ireland, and served in other clinical 
positions in Maine and Montana. Robert 
was distinguished nationally through his 
research on the psychology of those 
reporting experiences with UFOs and aliens. 
He is survived by his wife, Laima. 

Correspondent: Catherine Beyer Hurst 

4204 Silent Wing 

Santa Fe, NM 87307; 303-474-3162 

Put this on your calendars now: our 45th 
reunion will take place June 3-5, 2011! More 
information will follow, and you can join the 
Newton '66 Facebook page for more frequent 
updates. (We are up to 29 members on 
Facebook — almost 20 percent of our class!) • News 
for this column has ground to a halt, but I am 
hoping for lots of new information in the 2011 
reunion year. • I do have personal news to share: 
I am selling my house in Santa Fe, NM, and 
moving back east — to Providence, where I grew 
up and where I have not lived (except for a few 
months) since I left for Newton in the fall 
of 1962. I have been in Santa Fe almost five 
years; I feel as if I have been on a long and 
wonderful vacation, and now it's time to go 
home. A lot of reasons have contributed to 
this decision — too many to describe here. 
I am happy to have lived in New Mexico 
and happy to be going back east as soon as 
my house sells. • Write and let me know 
what makes you happy, and I hope to see 
many of you in June. 

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Correspondents: Charles and 

Mary-Anne Benedict 

84 Rockland Place 

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 

Bob St. Germain writes that he ran into 
Bill Zak, John Kelleher, and Jim Kervick while 
on a visit in Boston. Jim retired from the 
Army and spends his time between New 
Jersey and Florida. Bob and Jim both lived in 
Greenleaf freshman year. Bill was heading 
back to Connecticut. • Another "hello" from 
the Nutmeg State was from Dave Pesapane. 
Dave's third daughter, Laurie '98, was 
married on Labor Day, and his oldest daugh- 
ter, Amy Lally '95, had her third child, Dave's 
fifth grandchild, in October. • Peter Mulcahy, 
a retired Navy captain, recently attended a 
ceremony in Londonderry, NH, at which the 
Navy Cross was awarded posthumously to 
Marine Corporal Michael Quellette. Peter 
comforted Michael's mother, Donna, who is a 
close friend. • Thanks to John Sheehan for 
bringing this to our attention: It is with 
sadness that we report the death of Catherine 
(Stratford) Yahres in June 2010. She was 
originally from Wellesley Hills but was 
residing in East Longmeadow. We extend our 
condolences to her family and friends. • Paul 
Hughes of Sparta, NJ, and Faith Brouillard 
Hughes NC'67 of Cape Cod are overjoyed to 
announce the birth of their first grandchild, 
Nora Neilly Hughes, born to their son J. Dana 
and his wife, Melissa Prober, of Brooklyn. 
Paul has retired from full-time teaching, after 
spending the last 15 years at Sussex County 
Community College in Newton, NJ. • Michael 

Ryan, MA'88, married Kathleen A. Shannon 
on September 4 at the Colonial Inn in Concord. 
After honeymooning in Hawaii for two weeks, 
they traveled to New Mexico to visit two of 
Kathleen's four grandchildren. They will live in 
St. Augustine, FL, January through early May. 

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Correspondent: M. AdrienneTarr Free 

3627 Great Laurel Lane 

Fairfax, VA 22033-1212; 703-709-0896 

One travelogue begets others, with news! 
Bea Miale Jackson took a close friend on a 
long weekend trip from her Southern 
California home to Boston. When their 
children were growing up, these ladies tried 
to find the best fireworks displays for the 
Fourth, so as a treat, they came for the Pops 
and the great fireworks. Bea also visited with 
Barbara Gada Wells in Connecticut and 
tagged along on part of Barbara's family 
vacation in an old farmhouse on Block Island, 
RI. Bea had a "fantastic time" and "decided 
to spend more time in New England — when 
I retire next year." Bea also mentioned that 
she has a three-year-old granddaughter, 
adding much joy to her life. • Maria Metzler 
Johnson spent early August in New York City 
and Rock Hall, MD, for son Calvi's wedding 
to Victoria "Tory" Messina. It was a busy 
weekend-long affair, including masquerade 
ball reception, luncheon, crab feast, and 
brunch with family and friends of all 
involved. (This is the story in a nutshell — ask 
her for more details.) • Paula Lyons spent part 
of the summer with her husband in Rome 
and Positano, Italy, as well as two months at 
their cottage on Martha's Vineyard. There, 
Arnie wrote a play about the Vineyard, 
and the Vineyard Playhouse put on a staged 
reading from the script. Paula says revisions 
are in the works now. They both are still part 
of NPR's comedy quiz show, which takes 
them to Los Angeles, Seattle, and Atlanta to 
tape before live audiences. You can find their 
schedule at Paula has 
clients through her job as an executive coach 
at Bates Communication in California, so she 
catches up with Christina Crowley, who still 
heads her own business in San Francisco. 
Back east, Paula remains in touch with 
Maureen Dailey Young, Janet Lotz O'Connor. 
and Jane Glynn Martel. • Faith Brouillard 
Hughes welcomed granddaughter Nora 
Hughes in late August. All is well. Faith has 
also taken up kayaking in the waters around 
Cape Cod. • More news next time. 

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Correspondent: Judith Anderson Day 

The Brentwood 323 

n<;oo San Vicente Boulevard 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

Greetings, classmates! • The Tucker clan is 
rejoicing. Eileen and Steve Tucker celebrated 


their daughter's marriage this past summer. 
Catherine '99 met her husband, Christopher 
Marshall, at their mutual employer, Reebok in 
Canton, where Catherine is a national account 
manager. Chris, who graduated from 
Providence College and the Babson College 
MBA program, is a merchandise manager. 
Julie Tucker Rollauer '97 served as her 
sister's matron of honor, and her husband, 
Tom Rollauer '97, was a groomsman. Thanks 
for sharing, Eileen, we love spreading the 
cheer. • Go Eagles! 

Correspondent: Kathleen Hastings Miller 
8 Brookline Road 
Scarsdale, NY 10583 

I am happy to report that Newton at Napa last 
fall was yet another laughter-filled gathering 
of old friends and classmates. A big thanks to 
Julia Lopez, Jean Sullivan McKeigue, Judy 
Vetter, Betty Downes, and Marcy McPhee 
Kenah for putting it all together. The Silverado 
Resort was the perfect venue for 22 of us to 
celebrate our 64th year — and welcome 65. 
I put a picture on Facebook, so if you'd like 
to friend me, you can check it out. Kudos 
to Kathy Hogan Mullaney, who took all the 
wonderful photos that weekend. On hand 
were Jamie Coy Wallace, Sandy Mosta Spies, 
and our three lawyers, Carol Duane Olson, 
Margo Rodgers Greenfield, and Ellen Mooney 
Mello. Marge Gaynor Palmer, who works for 
a surveying company, came in from Colorado 
with wonderful stories of how her daughter 
was recruited by the Secret Service after 
having done such a great job as a park service 

up your courageous battle against cancer. 
It was fun playing golf with you, and we 
look forward to the next round! • Plans 
are already in the works for our next 
reunion. Start saving — it's DC in 2012! 

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Correspondent: James R. Littleton 

jg Dale Street 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Jennifer Lovart Abbate was the 2010 recipient 
of the Sister Miriam Farrell, PBVM, 
Distinguished Teacher Award this past spring. 
The award was presented to her at the 
National Catholic Educational Association 
convention held in Minneapolis in April. 
Jennifer has taught at St. Philomena School 
in Portsmouth, RI, for 25 years. • I hope all of 
you are enjoying your winter. Please take the 
time to write me and to let me know what is 
going on in your life. 

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Correspondent: Mary Gabel Costello 

4088 Meadowcree-k Lane 
Copley,. OH 44321 

Greetings! • Jane Ackerman Poklemba wrote 
with news of Laura Sperazi's death on 
September 5, 2010. Laura courageously and 
imaginatively battled recurrent breast cancer. 
Peggy Hanratty, Paula Schlick, and Jane 

Jack Rubin '70 was elected to the Kansas House of 
Representatives in a landslide vote, defeating a Democratic 
incumbent. He had a long career in the federal government, 
retiring in 2004. 

guide. Pat Mannion Sugrue, Meg O'Mara 
Brogan, Carolyn Brady O'Leary, Sue 
Sturtevant, Jane Sullivan Burke, Maura 
Curtis Griffin, Barry Noone Remley, ^eanie 
Sullivan McKeigue, Barbara Farrell McTiernan 
(who recently moved to Jacksonville, FL), 
and I rounded out the group. During the 
day, people broke off into small groups 
for wine tasting, mud baths, golf, or spa 
treatments. Much to Jamie Coy's dismay, the 
hot-air balloon rides were canceled due to 
early morning fog. A reason to go back! 
We all gathered together at night for great 
suppers put together by our organizers and 
to trade stories about our day. The highlight 
was the "Yankee Swap" that Barry organized 
on our last night. "Where is that blue wrap 
now?" • On a more serious note, we were all 
very saddened to hear of the sudden death of 
Linda Cavaliere Burke's son. Linda lives 
near Bowie Farrell McTiernan in Florida. Our 
prayers are with you, Linda. • They are also 
with you, Jeanie McKeigue, as you keep 

all attended the sad but beautiful memorial 
tribute to Laura held at her home in Putney, 
VT. Laura enjoyed a full and diversified 
life. Professionally she focused on issues 
of organizational development, founding a 
consulting practice and holding positions 
with Meeting Waters YMCA and Early 
Education Services in Brattleboro. She was 
trained in the family constellations work 
of Bert Hellinger. She loved family, friends, 
poetry, Native American rituals, African 
dance, and animals. When you have a 
moment, Google Laura's name. Jane lives in 
Loudonville, NY. She retired in June 2009 
after 25 years as an administrator in the 
Schenectady city schools. Now she does 
"retirement stuff": she adopted two cats 
and reads, exercises, volunteers, attends 
adult learning classes, and takes trips to New 
York City to see her daughter Jill, who works 
at the Fortune Society as the senior 
director of grants development. • Sarah Ford 
Baine reports that she continues her work 

with Children's Memorial Hospital in 
Chicago. • Winnie Loving writes that 
her second publication, SPONTANEOUS: 
Redefining Poetry (Xlibris, 2009), is now 
available on Winnie is retired 
from teaching, and last summer, she com- 
pleted a 200-hour yoga course at the Kripalu 
Institute in Stockbridge. Also during the 
summer, her son Jonathan, a teacher, 
married another teacher; they honeymooned 
in Florida. Her daughter, Khema, MA'98, 
works as a counselor at St. Croix Central 
High School. A few years ago, Winnie repre- 
sented the Virgin Islands in the National Ms. 
Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ. 

• Alicia Brophey, JD'72, hosted a girls' night 
out at her home on Cape Cod. Liz Walker 
Talbot, who now lives in Gloucester where 
she works in education, came along with 
Nancy McGinn Nisonson from New York 
City and Ellie Parks Mullen from Chatham. 
Nancy's two daughters live and work in 
New York City. Ellie retired from the Boston 
Public Schools and now lives full-time in 
Chatham, where she enjoys playing golf; 
walking along the beach with her dog, 
Dave; and working part-time at a bookshop 
in Chatham. When Alicia is not on the Cape, 
she spends time at her home in Stuart, FL. 

• Thanks for the news! It is such a nice 
surprise when out of the blue I hear from 
you! Some news will have to wait for the 
next issue. 

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Correspondent: Dennis Razz Berry 

15 George Street 

Wayland, MA 01778; 508-655-1497 

Hi, gang! For all those who made it out to 
San Francisco, I hope you enjoyed yourself in 
the City by the Bay. It is an exciting town. 
• The squire of Torrington, Bill Conti, JD'73, 
sent along some belated reunion notes. It was 
great to hear that for the first time since 1970, 
the full cabinet of roommates from 13 01 
Comm. Ave. got together — that is Alan 
Moritis, Dick Costa, Dave Angelicola, and 
Bill. All had their wives along, so I doubt it 
was the same scene that it was 40 years ago. 
Hope they all enjoyed themselves. On a 
related note, Bill sent word that his daughter 
Marissa '03 married Ryan Traeger '03, so 
the BC connection continues. • I also heard 
from George Rovegno, CEO of MIQS Inc. 
of Boulder, CO, a company that provides 
medical record and billing software to 
manage chronic illnesses. George lives in 
Boulder with his wife, Susan, and has two 
daughters, Jane and Jenny '97, each of whom 
has twin daughters. Poor George; he is 
surrounded by women. But I'm sure he's 
enjoying every minute of it. • At an age when 
most of us former poly-sci majors are retiring 
from politics, John Rubin is getting in — 
and very successfully. Jack was elected to 
the Kansas House of Representatives in a 
landslide vote, defeating a Democratic 
incumbent. He had a long career in the 
federal government, retiring in 2004 as an 
administrative law judge. He and his wife, 
Roberta, have two grown daughters, Shana 


and Sandy, and a granddaughter, Ayva. • I got 
word this month of the passing of John 
"Terry" Moore. Terry had retired from 
Westinghouse and moved to Marco Island, 
FL. His wife had predeceased him. 

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Correspondent: Fran Dubrowski 
)2^i Klingk Road, NW 
Washington, DC 20008 

Congratulations to Marie Dybczak Somers, 

who just completed her master's in English 
while raising two daughters! Her youngest 
returned from Sydney, Australia, for a 
State-side wedding; her oldest is Chelsea 
High School's math coach. • Speaking of 
math. Lynne McCarthy holds the class 
record for most precise countdown to retire- 
ment: 3 years, 363 days to go! • Alums 
near college towns might have been lucky 
enough to glimpse Terry Kindelan Taylor, 
who spent last fall helping her son select 
colleges. • Kathy Sheehan and I both returned 
from trips to China with rave reviews. • Lanie 
Odium spent Thanksgiving absorbing 
Lincoln, Nebraska's football culture — a far 
cry from her job as Washington National 
Opera's human resources director. • Our 
reunion class gifts set BC records and 
inspired a scholarship honoring the 2010 
BC/Newton class. Thanks to all! • BC's 
McMullen Museum held a lecture in 
memory of Priscilla Durkin NC'65 and Nancy 
Durkin Orazem. Daria Borghese, from 
Rome's American University, addressed 
"Palazzo Colonna: The Construction of a 
Family Through the Building of Its 
Residence." I am sure Nancy would have 
been — is — tickled. • If you visit Normandy, 
be sure to walk the beach beside the 
stunningly beautiful coastal town of 
Arromanches to pay tribute to Cathleen 
"Mare Flare" Flaherty- Vella. In August, 
her family released her ashes into the sea 
there at sunset. Her son Pascal recalled 
French poet Arthur Rimbaud's words, which 
translate as: "Eternity. It is the sea fled away 
with the sun." In French, la mer (the sea) 
shares the same pronunciation as la mere (the 
mother). Tributes have been pouring in. Katie 
O'Shea McGillicuddy remembers Flare's "red 
chair gallery" of guests' paintings of a quirky 
summer cottage chair; Andrea Moore Johnson, 
her tradition of waving goodbye to guests 
from her balcony. Fran de la Chapelle 
observes: "We have a friend in heaven who is 
watching all of us. Pray to her." Kathie Meier 
offers a favorite Dorothy Parker quote — 
"Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric 
of friendship" — adding, "Rest in peace, Mare 
Flare, and watch over all of us." From Harriet 
Mullaney: "In Latin America, where hundreds 
of thousands have died by violence, there is 
a special practice to remember them. A 
person's name is called out and everyone 
declares 'jPRESENTE!' (pray-ZEN-tay) in a 
strong voice. So, Cathleen Ann 'Mare Flare' 
Flaherty- Vella, iPRESENTE!" • Finally, please 
remember in your prayers Lanie Odium's 
mom and mine and Jeanne Stansfield 
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Correspondent: James R. Macho 

909 Hyde Street, Suite 325 

San Francisco, CA 94109 

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Correspondent: Lawrence Edgar 

tfo South Barrington Avenue, No. 110 
Los Angeles, CA 90049 

Besides enjoying the underrated football 
Eagles this past season, I've enjoyed also 
the New Orleans Saints, whose offensive 
coordinator is Pete Carmichael Jr. '94. 
Pete's father was the coach of the Eagles 
freshman team in 1968, and he helped to 
develop the many class members who went 
on to star for the varsity. • I've made some 
more happy 60th birthday calls since the 
last issue, including my annual call to Pat 
McGovern. Pat is still a vascular surgeon in 
New Jersey. He reports that his youngest 
son, Michael '09, has returned from his 
Fulbright scholarship studies and now 
works for Deloitte & Touche in New York. 
My other call was considerably less upbeat: 
Jack Harrington, a CPA in Brewster, NY, 
reported that our double classmate, George 
Pijewski, was then very ill. Later, on November 
19, he passed away. George was one of the 
top accounting students in the Carroll School 
of Management. After BC, he graduated 
from Dartmouth with an MBA, along 
with three others from our class: New Jersey 
hedge fund manager Connie Voldstad, Jack 
Harrington, and me. He was a CPA through- 
out his career, most recently with Fidelity 
Investments in Boston. He leaves a wife 
and a son (a graduate of Brown University), 
both of whom live in Milton. My condolences 
to them. • I've decided to salute some of 
the other medical doctors in our class. 
There were two classmates on each of my 
dormitory floors in Fenwick Hall who 
are now MDs. From Fenwick 1 during our 
freshman year: Kevin Quinn is a surgeon in 
the northern Wisconsin town of Neenah, 
and Terry Doeler is an anesthesiologist in the 
suburbs of Madison. From Fenwick 2 during 
our sophomore year: Jim Durso is an MD 
in Burlington, MA, and Greg Hussa is an 
internist in Roseville, CA, near Sacramento. 
Kevin Quinn's classmate at Marquette 
University High, Tim Lechmaier, practices 
internal medicine in Madison. Diane Beaulieu 
Palac specializes in geriatric medicine 
at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in 

Lebanon, NH. Dave Costigan is a 
gastroenterologist in St. Louis. Joe Corrado is 
a general surgeon in the central Missouri 
town of Mexico. Kevin Nealon practices 
internal medicine in Chevy Chase, MD. 
There are numerous others whom I hope to 
salute in a future column. • Meanwhile, 
my condolences to the families of James F. 
Sullivan, who was an attorney in New Canaan, 
CT, and Ed Saunders '71, a Boston attorney 
who was president of the Gold Key Society 
when we were juniors. 

Correspondent: Nancy Brouillard McKenzie 
j 526 Sehago Road 
Bethesda, MD 20817 

Mario '72 and Meg Barres Alonso's son 

Mike is in his first year at Georgetown 
Law School. Meg slipped into Washington, 
DC, moved Mike into housing, and went 
back to Pennsylvania in one day. • Our 
Gabrielle McKenzie '12 ran the Boston 
Marathon and took three minutes off her 
Boston time in the Dublin Marathon. 
Hint: the Dublin Marathon does not have 
our Heartbreak Hill. Fellow Boston College 
exchange students in Dublin cheered 
Gabrielle on. • Please keep in our 
thoughts and prayers Susan Stansfield and 
her family. Jeanne Stansfield Provencher 
NC'70 sent along this information: "I just 
wanted to let you know about the recent 
death of my sister, Susan Stansfield, who 
died on November 8 after over a month in 
ICU at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Susan spent 
the last 15 years employed in a job well 
suited to her. She was the senior acquisitions 
editor for Penny Press/Dell Publications. 
Some of you may remember Susan as 
religiously doing the Sunday New York Times 
crossword puzzle in ink every weekend! 
Who knows what kind of special Newton 
reunion took place in the afterlife when 
Susan died since she, Derry O'Callaghan, 
and Claudia Dupraz Greely, close friends 
during their days at Newton, have all died 
within the last few years. I hope you will 
ask your classmates to remember Susan in 
their thoughts and also my family as we 
mourn the death of a spunky and bright 
sister and daughter." • My heart is breaking 
without more news. You can repair it with 
news. Take care. 

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Correspondent: Patricia DiPillo 
19 Hartlawn Road 
Boston, MA 02132 

See? I asked for information from female 
executives and voila I got some! • Kathy 
Janssen writes: "I just read your class notes 
and decided to respond to your request 
to hear from 'female execs.' Does a senior 
manager count? I'm a School of Nursing 

grad, before it was the Connell School. Several 
years after graduating from BC, I got a 
master's in management from Lesley. I 
have held many positions in different 
fields — community health, rehab, health- 
care consulting, etc. But for the past 
12-plus years, I have worked exclusively in 
quality management in behavior health. For 
10 years, I have been the director of 
quality management at Riverside Community 
Care, which provides community-based 
services to people with long-term mental 
illness and developmental disabilities in 
eastern and central Massachusetts. On the 
personal side, I am married to Richard Gotz, 
and we live in Hudson. Feel free to share 
this... it would be cool if that led to my 
reconnecting with some of the others in our 
class!" Thanks, Kathy! • Anyone else out 
there who wants to reconnect, has news, 
or otherwise has had an interesting life 
event that they would like to share, please 
send me your information for print. • For 
now, best wishes, and remember those 
less fortunate with whom you can share 
some of your good fortune. 

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Correspondent: Joan B. Brouillard 

PO Box 1207 

Glen, NH 03838; 603-383-4003 

Alice Bene Kociemba is in private practice 
as a psychotherapist in Falmouth and reflects 
on how fortunate she is to live in a beautiful 
place and to do work she loves. Also a 
poet, she runs a monthly poetry series at 
the West Falmouth Library called Calliope 
(, and she 
has written a book, Death of Teaticket 
Hardware, which comprises a selection of 
narrative and nature poems. • Michael and 
Peggy Publicover Kring met Rick and Judy 
Reach Condit, MA'75, both of whom are 
retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers, for 
dinner in St. Augustine, FL. Peggy is an 
elementary school principal in Jacksonville, 
and Michael is a physician assistant. They 
have lived in Atlantic Beach, FL, for over 25 
years. Judy founded a company, Eglomise 
Designs (, a 
college commemorative gifts company that 
has in its archives a sketch of Stuart Hall that 
can be made into paperweights and other 
products. Get in touch with me if you are 
interested, and I'll give you the contact 
information. Judy celebrated her 60th 
birthday on Thanksgiving, and her Facebook 
posts always end with "life is really good!" 
• I'm on the edge of my chair waiting for 
Kate Reilly '06, daughter of Sheila Brogan, 
MA'75, an d Bill Reilly '71 to appear on 
Jeopardy! How cool is that?! Sheila has her 
hands full as a geriatric social worker and 
with the Ridgewood, NJ, Board of Education. 
She and Bill are huge BC football fans. Their 
son Brendan was home for Thanksgiving 
after two and a half years in AmeriCorps, and 
Tim graduated from BC in May — a wonderful 
holiday for the whole family. • Susan Kane's 
oldest, Scott, studies at the Royal College of 
Surgeons in Dublin, which gives her and son 


Brett, an engineer for a solar energy company, 
a great excuse to visit Ireland. Brett decided to 
"run with the bulls" in Pamplona, and gladly, 
he returned in one piece! Daughter Catherine 
is a junior English major in college. Susan has 
four dogs that are trained for competition in 
agility, obedience, rally, and herding. She is in 
the process of getting one of them (the one 
that didn't cut the mustard in herding — hey, it 
was on Facebook!) certified as a therapy dog 
and hopes to be selected for the team that 
visits Oakwood, a retirement community for 
Sacred Heart nuns in Atherton, CA. Her knee 
surgery last fall kept her down for a bit, but 
she hopes to be back competing soon. Like 
me, she loves keeping in touch via Facebook 
photos and family updates. 

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Correspondent: Patricia McNabb Evans 
33 Stratton Lane 
Foxborough, MA 02033 

Happy new year, everyone! • I hope 2011 
brings you and your family all good things! 
Thanks to everyone for the news for this 
issue. • Mary Lou Ryder-Larkin received the 
2010 Distinguished Alumna Award from 
Marian High School in Birmingham, MI, for 
her work in Haiti. She was nominated for this 
honor by classmate Jane E. Nolan. Mary Lou, 
who works at Jacobi Medical Center in the 
Bronx as a pediatric nurse practitioner, is the 
medical director of Haiti Marycare Inc.; for 12 
years, she has been traveling to Haiti, where 
she is responsible for two primary care 
clinics. Her husband, Tom '73, is president of 
Haiti Marycare and also makes frequent aid 
trips to the island. Mary Lou and Tom live in 
Connecticut and have four children. They 
would like to thank all the BC alums who 
so generously contributed to Haiti Marycare 
following the earthquake, making it possible 
to deliver a planeload of medicines and then 
two 40-foot sea containers of food and other 
supplies. Congratulations, Mary Lou! • I 
received a great note from Gene Sullivan. He 
and his wife, Joyce (Gallagher) '78, celebrated 
their 30th wedding anniversary in March. 
They live in Milton and are the proud parents 
of Caroline, who is a freshman at Lesley, 
and J. Courtney, a '03 Smith grad who is a 
writer in Brooklyn. Courtney's first novel, 
Commencement, was published in 2009, and 
when it was released in paperback last 
summer, it spent over a month on the 
bestseller list. Gene is an attorney at the 
Wellesley firm of Sullivan & Sullivan with his 
brothers Richard and Mark. • Congratulations 
to Deborah Jones for being named Nurse of 
the Year at F.F. Thompson Hospital in 
Canadaigua, NY. She is the nurse manager of 
the Birthing Center, a 10-bed med-surg/ 
telemetry unit, and the endoscopy unit. 
Deborah has two step-children, and she and 
her husband, Greg Davenport, live on a large 
parcel of land where they enjoy organic 
gardening and spending time with their dogs. 
She would love to hear from classmates and 
cherishes her BC memories. • Best wishes to 
William Keating, MBA'82, as he heads to DC 
to begin his first term as U.S. Congressman 

from Massachusetts. Bill served as Norfolk 
District DA for more than a decade. • Sadly, 
I have to report the passing of John "Jay" 
Connerty of Raynham on September 21, 2010. 
He leaves his wife and three children and 
many dear friends — please remember them 
in your prayers. • I am also sad to report the 
death of Matteo Patrick Giovanditto on 
November 25 of Celebration, FL. He was 
a teacher and a counselor of troubled youth. 
• Take care. 

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693 Boston Post Road 
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Correspondent: Hellas M. Assad 

249 Lincoln Street 

Norwood, MA 02062; 781-769-9342 

Happy spring to all! And thank you to those 
who sent in news for this issue. • It was 
a pleasure to see Mike Roye and his wife, 
Maggie (Stenman) '77, at the BC-Clemson 
football game. Mike is a municipal bond 
analyst for Columbia Management here in 
Boston. Maggie is a freelance financial writer. 
The Royes have three children, and this past 
spring, they celebrated the marriage of their 
oldest child. • Mary Gregorio works at 
Center Club, a psychiatric rehabilitation 
program for adults located near Government 
Center. She has been program director for 
30 years and is very active in her field both 
locally and nationally. Mary is a longtime tour 
guide at Symphony Hall and encourages 
classmates to visit to get a 
behind-the-scenes tour of one of Boston's 
premier cultural institutions. • Walt Fey 
writes: "A small gang of classmates gathered 
in Cleveland (with hospitality provided by Ken 
Yantek and his lovely wife, Mary) in October 
to watch the Patriots get 'spanked' by the 
Browns. Hobnobbing with Ken were Kim 
Bucci, Bob 'Big Krup' Rrupitzer, Bill Boodry 
'79, and I. A good time was had by all as we 
pledged our lives and fortunes (such as they 
are) to attending our 40th in 2015." • A huge 
thank-you goes out to Kathie (Cantwell) 
McCarthy for organizing an exciting BC 
Eagles vs. Duke Blue Devils game watch last 
November. We ate, mingled, and socialized 
in the comfort of Big Papi's Grille, an 
upscale casual restaurant in Framingham. 
• Thanksgiving Day was especially memorable 
for Tricia Jordan, MA'08, and her husband, 
Jeffrey Graeber, when they were blessed with 
the arrival of their first grandchild, Joel Michael 
Graeber. They are ecstatic and overjoyed with 
the new edition to their family. • Jayne 
Saperstein Mehne and husband Chris '74, 
JD'77, had a November to remember. 
They began the month with a two-week 
Mediterranean cruise — a 35th anniversary gift 
to each other — visiting ports in Spain, France, 


Italy. Croatia, and Greece. When they returned 
home, they celebrated their anniversary on 
November 22, and two days later received 
the best gift of all: new grandson Ryan 
James Mehne. a Thanksgiving gift from 
son Jeff and daughter-in law Kim (McKenna) 
'02. Daughter Julie '05, MEd'06, is 
delighted to be an aunt to Ryan and his big 
brother. Cole. • Thank you for keeping 
in touch, and please continue to send news 
and updates. 

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Chatham, MA 026}}; 508^45-2477 

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Correspondent: Gerald B. Shea 

25 Elmore Street 

Newton Centre, MA 0245c) 

Another sad start to class notes: Donald 
Fiore of Lexington died in August 2010. An 
avid boatsman and proud son of Matignon 
High School, he is survived by his wife, Linda 
(Gouvalaris); his children Richard Lake and 
Marisa Fiore; his brothers and sisters; and his 
two grandchildren. Don, who sported a very 
impressive mustache during college, was the 
owner/treasurer of Palmer Manufacturing 
Co. in Maiden. He is missed. • After working 
as an "activity assistant" at the Jesuits' 
Campion Renewal Center for several years, 
Gail Mosman Murphy took her talents to 
Epoch Senior Healthcare in her hometown 
of Weston, where she is the life enrichment 
director. Gail is actively involved with the 
capital campaign at St. Julia Church. She is 
excited about our upcoming reunion. • Sharyn 
O'Leary Sweeney works for the Massachusetts 
Department of Elementary and Secondary 
Education on its math team. She helped 
develop the recently adopted Common Core 
State Standards and has attended several 
mathematics education seminars hosted by 
BC. In March 2009, she saw her daughter 
get married! • Ken Brine and David Zizik, 
JD'79, are active on the Reunion Committee. 
During the football season, they joined Gerry 
Shea for a memorable tailgate. • Remember 
that our 35th reunion is June 3-5, 2011. 
We '76ers always set attendance records, so 
please plan to attend. The Class Committee is, 
as in all reunion years, requesting class 
dues (recommended: $35); please send to 
the BC Class of '76, P.O. Box 64, Sharon, 
MA 02067. Th e Reunion Committee is 
busy planning another memorable time 
back at the Heights. We hope you all can 
make it! It looks like the main event will be 
held at the former cardinal's residence 
near Lake St., a historical and beautiful edifice 
and part of BC's land purchase from the 
archdiocese. • John and Judy (Harvey) Hayes 
happily saw their beautiful daughter Bridget 
marry last August in Bradford. A wonderful 

reception followed, attended by, among 
others, Kathy Murphy, Pola (Papetti) 
Buckley, and this writer. • Here's hoping 
all have a healthy and happy spring! Drop a 
line and God bless. 

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Correspondent: Nicholas Kydes 

8 Newtown Terrace 

Norwalk, CT 06851; 205-820,-0,122 

Timothy Miller is a VP and financial advisor 
with Merrill Lynch in Melville, NY. He 
and his wife, Margaret (a controller in private 
industry), will celebrate their 30th wedding 
anniversary in June 2011. Tim and Margaret 
have three children with outstanding 
accomplishments: Son James graduated 
from Penn State in 2004, earned an MS 
from Adelphi in 2006, and is now a biology 
and physics teacher at Uniondale High School 
on Long Island. James married Jessica Viola 
on July 18, 2009. Daughter Dori graduated 
from BC in 2006 and from St. John's Law 
School in 2009. She was admitted to the New 
York Bar in 2010 and is an associate at Duffy 
& Duffy of Long Island. Tim and Margaret's 
youngest daughter, Meghan, graduated from 
Vanderbilt in 2009 and received an MS in 
special education from Columbia University 
in 2010. Meghan currently teaches special 
education in the New York City public school 
system. Our hearts go out to Tim for the loss 
of his mother this past April; Mrs. Miller was 
89 years old. She was comforted by her loving 
family, at Tim's home, during her passing. 
Tim, I know the pain you feel because I lost 
my mother this past August; she was 85 years 
old. We never get over the loss of a loved one. 
In the case of losing your parents, remember 
they will live as long as we live: they will live 
in our thoughts, our hearts, and, above all, in 
the very life-giving blood that flows through 
our veins. • Frank K. Connelly had a 
tough 2010. After being diagnosed with 
esophageal cancer in January, he underwent 
radiation and chemo for two months and had 
surgery thereafter. He went through rehabili- 
tation this past summer, and by the grace of 
God, he is now cancer-free! He went back to 
work in September for Chicken of the Sea 
International, where he is the Northeast re- 
gion sales manager. Frank is doing well and 
looks forward to making the next reunion; he 
missed our 2007 reunion. He sends best 
wishes to all his BC classmates and their 
families! • Dear classmates, let's keep in 
touch — send me your updates! • May all good 
things find the path to your door! 

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Correspondent: Julie Butler Evans 

7 Wellesley Drive 

New Canaan, CT 06840; 205-0,66-8580 

In October 2010, attorney Ken Hara was 
appointed commissioner of the Stanislaus 

County Superior Court in California. Ken 
has worked with the county's Department 
of Child Support Services since 2002, and 
he spent 11 years as a prosecutor with 
the Stanislaus County District Attorney's 
Office. The Minneapolis native holds a law 
degree from the University of San Diego 
School of Law. • Last September, Jim Nicoletti, 
MA'83, of Wellesley was appointed director 
of major gifts at Boston College High 
School, where he had taught English earlier 
in his career. Before returning to BC High, 
Jim spent 25 years at CB Richard Ellis, where 
he most recently served as EVP and partner. 
• In fall 2010, Michael Pfister was promoted 
to superintendent of schools for South River, 
NJ, where he had served as assistant 
superintendent since 2003. Earlier, he had 
served as principal of South River High 
School. Before coming to the district, Michael, 
who holds a master's in education from 
Rutgers University, worked as a special 
education teacher and a supervisor. He 
resides in Lafayette, NJ. 

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Correspondent: Peter J. Bagley 


74 Shadyside Avenue 

Concord, MA 01742; 617-610-40,00 

Mike Murphy is a principal of Viti Mercedes- 
Benz in Tiverton, RI, and lives in downtown 
Boston. • Douglas Bagley is the VP of 
business development, Asia/Pacific, for 
Thomson Reuters Financial in Hong Kong. 

• Ed Fay, JD'82, is an attorney in a Boston 
law firm, and his wife, Jane (Hauber) '80, is 
a doctor at Emerson Hospital in Concord. 

• Janice Major Battle lives in Concord 
with her husband, John. • Brian Kickham 
is the CEO of Northeast Security in Newton. 

• Marybeth Mosher Grimm is a real-estate 
executive at Prudential Town and Country 
in Wellesley. • Joe Mullen, who is an 
assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers 
organization, lives in Pennsylvania and plays 
golf on the Cape in the summer. • Peter 
Martino has a law firm in East Boston 
and lives in Winthrop with his wife and three 
children. • Joanne Ferrino lives on the Cape, 
where she works as a nurse. • Ed Nash lives 
in Walpole with his wife, Mary, and 
four children. • Janet Smith is the CFO of 
Hinckley Yacht Services. • Philip "Tank" 
McGovern, MS'oi, lives in Boston and 
works in aviation for the Air Force. 

• Classmates with children who are current 
students or graduates of Boston College 
include Peter Bagley, Mike and Cindy Difiore 
Hickey, Brian Kickham, Marybeth Mosher 
Grimm, Jane and Ed Fay, Janice Major 
Battle, John Mariano, Ed Nash, and Larry 
Giangregorio. • For myself, I sold my 
marketing services firm in August 2010 and 
am currently officiating NCAA men's and 
women's hockey games as well as teaching at 
Suffolk University, Sawyer School of 
Management, and at Babson College. • I need 
'79 commuters to send me updates and 
stories! Please be advised that we now have a 
page for our class on Facebook. Just search for 
"Boston College Class of 1979." 


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Correspondent: Michele Nadeem 

Sunrise Harbor 

1040 Seminole Drive, Unit 1151 

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 

In October 2010, Michael Bodson was elected 
COO of the Depository Trust & Clearing 
Corporation (DTCC). He will also serve as 
president and COO of DTCC's U.S. -regulated 
subsidiaries and as a member of the company's 
board of directors. Mike joined DTCC in 2007 
from Morgan Stanley, where he had held 
a number of senior management positions 
for over 20 years. • Last November, Paul 
Deninger joined Evercore Partners' investment 
banking business as a senior managing 
director. Based in Boston and San Francisco, 
Paul will focus on advising companies in the 
technology and clean technology sectors. 

• Andrew Glincher, former managing partner 
of the Boston office of law firm Nixon Peabody 
LLP, recently became the new CEO and 
managing partner of the entire firm. In his 
new post, he also continues to represent the 
firm's business and real estate clients. Andrew 
is a native of Boston and earned his JD from 
the Northeastern University School of Law. 

• Rob McCarthy is an elected member of the 
Saugus Republican Town Committee and has 
been active in local politics for a number of 
years. After graduating from BC, he obtained 
a JD from New England Law in Boston and 
completed a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, 
departing with the rank of major. Currently 
Rob operates a small law practice in Saugus, 
where he lives with his wife and three 
children. • Chris Simmons wrote to inform us 
of the tragic death of Dick Jennings in 
November 2010. Chris writes that Dick "was 
returning home from picking out a Christmas 
tree with his family when he lost control of 
his SUV. He died instantly from the accident. 
Miraculously, no other family members were 
seriously injured. For some of us this is the 
first 'close to home' tragedy of our class. The 
circumstances surrounding Dick's death are 
particularly shocking and remind us all of 
our own mortality and the importance of 
family and friends in our lives. We are all 
very lucky to have shared our lives with Dick 
at BC and in the years since graduation. 
Please keep Dick and his family in your 
thoughts and prayers. Dick is survived by his 
wife, Lisa, and their three children: Meghan, 
Emily, and Tommy." 


Correspondent: Alison Mitchell McKee 


1128 Brandon Road 

Virginia Beach, VA 23451; 757-428-0861 

Although it was great to hear from Mike 
Thomas, unfortunately he had very sad 
news to pass along regarding two of our 
classmates. Mike's friend and roommate, 
John Cancer, passed away last February. He 

lived in River Forest, IL, and is survived by 
his wife, Sue, and four children. He is 
greatly missed by his roommates, Brian 
Landry, Chris Burke, Bill Rosemeyer '80, 
and David Downey '82. Mike's grammar 
school, high-school, and college friend and 
classmate Susan (Sullivan) Gates passed 
away in May. Susan was the cousin of 
Tom and Karen (Brennan) Byrne. She lived 
in Cazenovia, NY, and is survived by her 
husband, Christopher, and four children. On 
a much happier note, Mike reports that 
his oldest son is a junior at BC. • Brian 
O'Connell is enjoying continued success 
with his company, Asterisk Animation. 
Asterisk did the animation work for Little 
Pirn, a set of DVDs starring a panda that 
teaches foreign languages to preschoolers. 
The project was featured on the Today show 
this past fall. • Our condolences to Suzanne 
Murphy McDonough, who lost her husband, 
Dick (Bentley College '81), to a brain tumor 
in 2005. Suzanne lives in Chelmsford 
with her two children, Brendan (17) and 
Kelly (14). Suzanne is an RN in Newton- 
Wellesley Hospital's surgical center. 
Previously she had worked for over 20 
years in pediatric critical care, first at 
Yale-New Haven and then at Children's 
Hospital Boston. • Jylanne (Smith) Dunne, a 
senior VP with Fidelity Investments in 
Boston, chaired the Council for Women of 
Boston College's Preparing for the Journey 
program last September. The program 
is geared to junior and senior women under- 
graduates and focuses on career and life 
skills. Beth (Reiss) Barbagallo, who works 
at LOreal USA in New York City, will succeed 
Meg (McGrory) Kelleher as chair of the 
Marketing and Communications Committee 
for the CWBC. Meg is also a senior VP at 
Fidelity Investments in Boston. • Bob Shea 
recently changed firms and is now a partner 
with Hinckley, Allen & Snyder in Boston, 
where he practices litigation and labor 
and employment law. Bob's oldest of three 
daughters, Molly, is a sophomore at BC. 
• Congratulations to Ed Fogarty, who is the 
latest winner of the now infamous Animal Cup! 
The gang gathered for the annual golfing 
weekend in connection with the BC football 
game at Duke, where Greg Clower's daughter 
Courtney is a freshman. Courtney and her 
friends were evidently quite impressed with 
her father's friends'two restaurant renditions 
of the BC fight song, which they claim were 
"legendary." We can only hope that they'll 
sing it at our 30th, which will be here before 
we know it. It will take place the weekend of 
June 3-5 — start making plans to be there! 

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Correspondent: Mary O'Brien 

14 Myrtlebank Avenue 
Dorchester, MA 02124-5304 

Gabriella "Gaby" Clapp-Milley is the proud 
mom of seven-year-old Alexander, a second- 
grader, and five-year-old Isabel. The children 
are bilingual in English and Spanish and 
are incredible athletes: Alex plays ice hockey, 
and Isabel plays tennis. Gaby, who worked 

on Wall Street for 17-plus years, is now focus- 
ing her efforts on working on sustainability 
for the town of Princeton and is particularly 
interested in the schools. Gaby married a 
self-described Yankee from Reading. They 
met in New York in 1998 through a mutual 
friend who used to do triathlons with her. 
Gaby did a lot of triathlons pre-kids and 
completed two Ironmans. It was great training 
for the endurance required to chase kids 
and keep them entertained! Her husband, 
Jonathan Milley, is with an energy company 
based in Princeton and is now working on some 
wind projects in Massachusetts. When Gaby 
moved to Princeton in January 2005 
and became pregnant with Isabel, she was 
surprised to meet up with Kathleen O'Brien 
DiBiase, one of the nurses in her OB/GYN 
practice. Kathleen supported Gaby during 
her entire pregnancy. • Last September, 
Walter J. Sullivan Jr., JD'88, joined the 
Boston office of Preti Flaherty, where he 
practices with the labor and employment 
and the legislative, regulatory, and govern- 
ment services groups. • Bill BucceDa was 
named president of Northern Trust Bank of 
Massachusetts in October 2010. Bill also 
serves as chairman of the New England 
Center for the Performing Arts and sits on 
the advisory board of the New England 
Center for Children. • Joan C. Geary '81 sent 
me a lovely note in remembrance of her lifelong 
best friend, Maureen Muckian of Lynn. 
Maureen passed away in January 2010 after a 
long and courageous battle with leukemia. 
While a student at BC Maureen worked in the 
theology department. After graduation, she 
was the director of event services at the 
Seaport World Trade Center for over 22 years, 
and she was also a part-time instructor at 
Northeastern University. Joan is grateful that 
Maureen will be remembered for her friendship, 
generosity, and kindness to so many. • The 
family of Bruce Rovner wrote to share that 
Bruce passed away suddenly in July 2009. 
Bruce was a CPA who worked as a CFO in the 
health-care industry. He grew up in Maiden 
and prior to his passing, lived in Peabody. The 
Class of 1982 extends our sympathy to both 
Maureen's and Bruce's families on their losses. 

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Correspondent: Cynthia J. Bocko 

71 Hood Road 

Tewksbury, MA. 01876; 978-852-6*119 

In September 2010, North Carolina Governor 
Bev Perdue appointed Sharon Tracey Barrett 
of Asheville to the Domestic Violence 
Commission. Sharon, who earned her JD 
from Georgetown University, is a district 
court judge for Buncombe County. . Randi 
(Strom) Fay wrote: "I received my DVM from 
the University of Minnesota College of 
Veterinary Medicine in 1988 and practiced 
small-animal medicine in Minnesota and 
Wisconsin until 2004. I married John Fay '84 
in 1983, and we have three children: Kristin 
(26), Kevin (23), and Kyle (20). In 2004, a 
series of hand injuries ended my vet 
medicine career, so I started a second career 
in music. My production company, Emerald 


Heart Productions, arranges and produces 
music and entertainment for fundraising 
events in the greater Green Bay area. I sing in 
a soft jazz group. Rhapsody, and have just 
released my first solo CD, Close to My Heart 
Love Songs and Lullabies. John and I currently 
live in Green Bay." • Our condolences to the 
family of Eamonn S. Gallagher of Chicopee, 
who died on July n, 2010. 

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Correspondent: Carol A. McConnell 
PO Box 628 
Belmar, NJ 07719 

Greetings! • Terry Curtin is VP and a 
risk management consultant for Kevin F. 
Donoghue & Associates in Boston. (Kevin 
Donoghue '61, MBA'70, the company's CEO 
and president, is also a BC alumnus.) Terry 
lives in Belmont with wife Julia and children 
Micaela and Chiara. He was recruited by 
Joe Shamon and the BU School of Medicine 
last August to participate in a panel 
discussion, "An Actuarial Model for School 
Safety," at a conference at Tufts Medical 
Center. Terry was also asked to comment in 
a white paper titled "Hard Market Game 
Plan" for Business Insurance magazine. • The 
Kostka/Edmonds/Hillsides roommates had 
a fantastic time last Labor Day weekend, 
marking 22 years of Labor Day reunions. This 
year's annual was hosted at the Hopkinton 
home of John Letcher, wife Michelle, and 
children Jack, Leah, and Abby. The group 
included Cindy (Coyle) and David Alves and 
son Christopher; Connie (Fleming) and 
Daniel McNeely and son Brian (son Dan Jr. is 
a sophomore at Tufts); Mark Fitzpatrick, wife 
Christine, and son Daniel (daughter Sarah is 
a sophomore at Villanova); Christopher Flynn 
'85, wife Maureen, and children Aidan and 
Siobhan; and Kevin Reilley '85, wife Beth, and 
children Alyssa and David. Margaret Fay 
Siegriest and sons Sean and Brendan were 
missed by all. • J. P. Hansen, author of The 
Bliss List: The Ultimate Guide to Living the 
Dream at Work and Beyond!, appeared on 
FOXNews. corn's Strategy Room with host 
Harris Faulkner. The interview can be seen at • In September 2010, 
Ed Murphy, managing director of Putnam 
Investments' retirement services, testified at a 
joint Department of Labor-Department 
of Treasury hearing on retirement income 
issues facing U.S. workers. • In June, Blair 
Heavey was named president and CEO of 
Moontoast, Inc., a company that helps brands 
engage in social commerce. Blair serves on 
the board of directors of Cartera Commerce 
(formerly known as Mall Networks) and 
on the advisory boards of two start-ups. • Last 
October 3, my husband Mike and I ran 
the seventh annual Richard's Run 5K in 
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. The race is part of Beth and 
Richard Stefanacci's foundation, Go 4 the 
Goal, organized when their son Richard was 
diagnosed with bone cancer. The foundation 
works to fight pediatric cancer. It was a 
fun event, with over 1,000 running for a 
great cause. I hope to see classmates at 
this year's race. See www.go4thegoal.0rg 

for events. • With sadness I report the 
passing of our classmate Norman Peloquin of 
South Dartmouth on July 23, 2010. • Please 
write soon. 

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Correspondent: Barbara Ward Wilson 
35 Meadowhill Drive 
Tiburon, CA 94920 

In November 2010, Bob Radie was appointed 
president and CEO of Topaz Pharmaceuticals 
Inc., a privately held specialty pharmaceutical 
company. Bob, who holds a degree in chemistry 
from BC, has been working in the pharma- 
ceutical and biotechnology industries for more 
than 25 years. He served most recently as 
president and CEO of TransMolecular Inc., 
a biotechnology company developing novel 
cancer diagnostic and treatment products. 
• Last fall, Henry Gomez served as an advisor 
to former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, the 
Republican nominee in California's guberna- 
torial campaign. At BC, Henry majored in 
political science and was involved in organizing 
young people for the Democratic National 
Committee. He also attended Rutgers Law School 
but eventually decided on a career in public 
relations. He worked for eBay as the company 
grew from a start-up to a global presence, 
becoming president of Skype soon after it 
was purchased by eBay. Henry lives in New 
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Correspondent: Karen Broughton Boyarsky 
130 Adirondack Drive 
East Greenwich, RI 02818 

Reunion update! Reunion will take place on 
the weekend of June 3-5, 201 1, and is open 
to all reunion classes. Many thanks to 
Drake Behrakis for the following details: 
"We have in place a preliminary schedule — 
watch for updates! Anticipated events 
include an alumni welcome lobsterbake, a 
5k road race, a veterans memorial Mass, 
and an alumni memorial Mass. There will 
also be affinity group receptions as well as 
the Festival on the Green and of course the 
Class of '86 celebration, to be held in a tent 
on Bapst Library lawn. Also, with regard to 
our class gift, here are a few thoughts: Small 
gifts really do matter; last year BC raised 
over $1.26 million in gifts of $100 or less. 
Gifts of any size can be directed to areas of 
interest, such as a particular school, program, 
or activity — and for alums interested in 
including BC in their estate planning, there 
are great options for making legacy gifts. 
The University's core priorities and most 
pressing needs are financial aid, faculty 
support, expanding knowledge and serving 
society, and student formation. Our class 
gift is also a matter of personal pride and 
challenge: The Class of 86 is the BC recordholder 
for the 20th reunion. Let's break the record 

for our 25th reunion in both participation and 
dollars raised! There is also a dormitory 
contest in the works (based on where you 
lived freshman year) to determine which 
dorm can raise the most money and achieve 
the highest rate of participation. I have a 
feeling that Duchesne will be the dorm to 
beat! Thanks to the Reunion Committee for 
all of their hard work and dedication! See 
you all at the Heights in June!" 

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Correspondent: Catherine Stanton Schiff 

Hi, everyone. I hope your new year is 
off to a great start! • Gemma Ward Martin 
e-mailed that she is living in Dedham and 
married to a brave non-BC grad, David. 
They have three kids: Allison (15), Emily (13), 
and Vivian (10). She and David formed 
their own company, the Chick Montana 
Group, several years ago. They are campaign 
finance specialists working with federal, 
state, and local candidates, parties, and 
political action committees. They had the 
pleasure of working with Gemma's BC 
roommate, Mary Honan, and her company, 
For Marketing Matters, setting up all its 
marketing materials. • Edward "Ted" Fischer 
is president and COO of ConnectEDU. 
The company, which is committed to 
helping students successfully manage their 
education and launch their career, recently 
raised $4.92 million from a $7-million 
equity offering. Ted is also a member of 
the board of trustees of the Moses Brown 
School and of the advisory council of 
Hasbro Children's Hospital, and he is a 
past present of the Harvard Business 
School Alumni Association. • Maureen 
Glennon Phipps, vice chair for research in 
the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 
at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode 
Island, was recently recognized as Rhode 
Island's March of Dimes Volunteer of the 
Year for 2011. She was honored for her 
commitment to the mission of the March 
of Dimes through her work as chair of 
the Rhode Island Taskforce on Premature 
Births and her service on the board of 
directors of the Rhode Island Chapter of 
the March of Dimes. Maureen, who is an 
associate professor of obstetrics and 
gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical 
School of Brown University, also serves as 
director of the Brown University/Women 
& Infants National Center of Excellence 
in Women's Health. She resides in 
Wrentham. • Monica Corrado was profiled 
in the Washington Post in an article about 
the revival of preserving food with lacofer- 
mentation. Monica, who is a whole foods 
chef and holistic nutrition educator, runs 
a private practice, Simply Being Well, in 
Takoma Park, MD. • Finally, I recently 
hosted a holiday wine and cocktail tasting at 
Alumni House as part of the Alumni 
Association's education series. We had a 
fun, at capacity crowd, with alumni from 
the 1950s up to the 2000s, including our 
own Molly Martin Alvarado. • That's all for 
now — stay in touch! 



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Correspondent: Rob Murray 
421 Callingwood Street 
San Francisco, CA 94114 

Laurie (Montalto) McGonigle hosted her 
annual Summer Women's Weekend this 
past August at her home in Maryland. In 
attendance were Christine (Conley) Palladino 
JD'93, Maggie McGuire, Donnamarie (Schmitt) 
Floyd, Stacey (Savage) Constas, Anne James- 
Noonan, Mary Ellen Chambers, Claire (Tevnan) 
Edmondson, and Karen Kelleher '90. There 
was dancing to the music of Dusty Springfield, 
and much fun was had by all! 

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Correspondent: Andrea McGrath 
207 Commonwealth Avenue, #3 
Boston, MA 02108 

Hope you all are well and enjoyed a wonderful 
holiday season and a toast to our new year, 
201 1. • There are few updates this quarter — 
please feel free to send yours as soon as you 
get the next Boston College Magazine. You can 
e-mail me directly via my address above or 
online at 
community.html. • Our own Chuck Hogan 
( had a very 
successful fall. The film The Town, based on 
his prize-winning novel Prince of Thieves, 
opened to great reviews in September 
2010. Directed by Ben Affleck and starring 
Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, and Rebecca 
Hall, the film was shot in the Boston area 
in fall 2009. The Fall, part two of a trilogy 
that Chuck is cowriting with Guillermo del 
Toro (writer-director of the Oscar-winning 
film Pan's Labyrinth) was also released in 
the fall. Earlier last year, Chuck published 
his seventh book, Devils in Exile, another 
thriller set in Boston. Chuck, wife Charlotte, 
and their four children live in Sharon. 
• Chuck Otis ( is 
living in Wilmington, MA, with his wife 
and two girls. He writes that he is very 
involved with nonprofit organizations on 
the financial side and coaching his girls 
in sports. • Mike Kebadjian (info@boston is a gemologist living and work- 
ing in the Boston area. He recently launched a 
new venture called He 
regularly keeps up with classmates John Curran, 
Greg Finlay, Martin Acaster, Karla (English) 
and Chris Barbieri, and Rebecca Doyle. 

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Correspondent: Kara Corso Nelson 

67 Sea Island 

Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-647-9200 

In September 2010, Erika Brown Lee 

joined Fulbright & Jaworski's antitrust and 
competition practice as senior counsel, 
working in the firm's Washington, DC office. 
A former Federal Trade Commission 
attorney, Erika most recently worked in 
the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, 
where she handled privacy and data security 
issues related to the health-care industry. 
Erika holds a JD degree from the University 
of Miami School of Law and an LLM from 
the London School of Economics and 
Political Science." In August, the BC 
chemistry department awarded three Rodin 
Graduate Fellowships for the 2009-2010 
academic year. Recipients were Amanda 
Worthy, Jennifer Quimby, and Sa Zhou, who 
are working in the research groups of 
Professors Kian Tan, Lawrence Scott, and 
Dunwei Wang, respectively. The fellowships 
were made possible by the generous 
support of Rita Rodin Johnston, who 
made this gift in the memory of her late 
father and distinguished chemist, Raymond 
L. Rodin. • In October 2010, after four 
weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 
singer Maria Tecce performed her jazz show, 
Strapless, in Boston. The concert featured 
songs from her third and most recent album, 
Viva!, a collection of Spanish/Argentinean- 
influenced jazz songs with lyrics inspired 
by the works of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. 
Maria moved to Ireland 10 years ago and 
now makes her home in Dublin. • Charles 
Wagner is now EVP, finance and 
administration, and CFO for Bedford-based 
Progress Software Corp. The company 
provides application infrastructure software 
for the development, deployment, integra- 
tion, and management of business applica- 
tions across industries. 

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Correspondent: Peggy Morin Bruno 

2 High Hill Road 
Canton, CT 06019 

Save the date! Our 20th reunion is right 
around the corner! The first weekend in June 
is booked, and the Reunion Committee is 
already planning a fabulous weekend. Put 
it on your calendars now. • Thanks to those 
who sent in notes this time around! • Great 
notes from Ted Jenkin: After 17 years as a 
senior executive with American Express, 
three years ago Ted cofounded oXYGen 
Financial ( The 
company focuses on financial services 
for our generation; hence the name oXYGen 
Financial was derived from XYGen (the X 
and Y generations). The company's tag line 
is "breathe easier," and its pioneering concept 
of being a "Private CFO" — instead of a 
stockbroker, financial advisor, or insurance 
agent, typical in today's world — has taken off. 
Headquartered in Atlanta, the company has 
16 employees. Ted and his co-CEO, Kile 
Lewis, are featured weekly on a radio show 
called The Regular Guys ( 
watch ?v=_ho6CaFnuAI). The segments are 
all on YouTube — check them out! They also 
have one of the top 150 personal finance 

blogs on the Internet (wwwyoursmartmoney-, and an Internet radio show 
called The 40 Year Old Business Virgin 
( They now have over 
1,000 clients and do business in more than 
20 states. Ted is keeping it in the BC family, 
with Heming Nelson as the website designer 
and Shaun Spencer, JD'95, as legal counsel. 
Ted lives in Milton, GA, and has been married 
for 16 years. He has two daughters, Olivia (13) 
and Lyla (n), and one son, Louden (9). 
• In June 2009, Cara DeNuccio moved 
to Sault Ste. Marie, MI, where her husband 
was hired as an assistant prosecuting 
attorney for the county. Cara has spent the 
last 18 months at home with her three kids, 
ages 8, 6, and 4. She also (bravely) spent the 
last school year homeschooling her son 
for kindergarten. Cara and her family are 
enjoying exploring and playing tourists in 
the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. • President 
Aquino of the Philippines has appointed 
Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares as chairperson 
of the Movie and Television Review and 
Classification Board. She will be working to 
promote the Philippine movie industry. Mary 
Grace is the daughter of the late film actor 
Fernando Poe Jr. 

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Correspondent: Paul L. Cantello 
37 Sylvester Avenue 
Hawthorne, NJ 07306 

Andrew Sarno has finally set aside his days of 
fast cars and bowling and is hard at work on a 
new feature film that was shot in October and 
November in St. Petersberg, FL, and 
San Francisco. He has spent the past few 
years honing his low-budget improvisational 
filmmaking style while living with his wife, 
Angela, in Los Angeles and will apply it to 
a story involving three guys who play bocci. 
He can be found on Facebook. • Dina Strada 
is still working at DreamWorks Animation 
in Los Angeles. As manager of special 
events, she plans all their screenings, film 
release parties, and on-campus events. Dina 
recently had her first child — a little boy 
named Logan Jonathan Jayce. He was 7 
months old as of November and is so much 
fun. Dina's husband works in online 
marketing at Disney, and between the jobs 
and Logan, they are keeping very busy. 
• After 10 years as a federal prosecutor, 
Lisa Noller has left her job as a deputy chief 
in the financial crimes and special prosecu- 
tions section of the Chicago U.S. Attorney's 
Office to be a partner at Foley & Lardner, a 
national law firm. She loved her career as a 
criminal litigator but decided it was time for a 
new challenge. Lisa's practice will focus on a 
number of areas including government 
enforcement, compliance and white-collar 
defense, and securities enforcement and 
litigation practices. Lisa will also continue to 
teach at the University of Chicago Law School, 
DePaul Law School, and Loyola Law School 
and believes she'll actually have more time to 
do so since she'll be trying fewer cases each 
year. • Maria Elizabeth "Maribeth" Raffinan is 
an associate justice of the Superior Court of 


the District of Columbia. She was nominated 
by President Obama in July 2010 and con- 
firmed by the Senate in September. Previously, 
Maribeth was a supervising attorney in the 
trial division of the Public Defender Service 
for the District of Columbia, where she had 
represented indigent defendants charged 
with criminal offenses since 1999. Maribeth 
holds a law degree from Catholic University 
of America's Columbus School of Law, where 
she has also served as an adjunct professor. 

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Correspondent: Sandy Chen Dekoschak 
2043 Hawley Road 
Ashfield. MA 01330 

Danielle (LoPiccolo)'97 and Steve Salhany 

are thrilled to announce the birth of their 
daughter, Evelyn Rae, on May 28, 2010. She 
is their first child. The family resides in 
Brunswick, ME. Steve is a law librarian at 
the University of Maine School of Law in 
Portland, and Danielle is an OB/GYN 
physician in Augusta. • Our sincerest regret 
and sympathy to the family and friends of 
classmate Joseph W. Appleyard, who passed 
away in September 2010. After BC, Joe joined 
the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Tacoma, WA, 
where he worked with the LArche Tahoma 
Hope community. He continued to work with 
special-needs children and adults during his 
career and spent the past six years with the 
EagleEyes Project at BC's Campus School. 
Joe leaves his parents, three siblings, and 
several aunts and uncles, including BC's 
Joseph Appleyard. SJ, '53, PhL'58. 

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Correspondent: Nancy E. Drane 

226 E. Nelson Avenue 

Alexandria, VA 22301; 703-548-2396 

Hello, Class of 1994. I'm hoping it is busy 
lives filled with excitement that has kept you 
from writing! Please drop a line — feel free to 
share news of friends and classmates as well 
as your own. • We should all be proud of our 
classmate Liz McCartney and her St. Bernard 
Project, which was featured on the cover of 
U.S. News b[ World Report in October 2010. 
Liz cofounded the nonprofit, which is helping 
to rebuild New Orleans in the wake 
of Hurricane Karrina. To date, the project 
has built 312 homes and recently created 
a wellness and mental health clinic to help 
residents deal with long-term problems 
arising as a consequence of Katrina and the 
BP oil spill. • Fernando Pinguelo, JD'97, was 
invited by the Supreme Court of New Jersey 
Special Committee on Discovery in Criminal 
and Quasi- Criminal Matters to address the 
full committee on the applicability of civil 
electronic discovery and evidence rules and 
general practices to the criminal context. 
• Finally, it's a small world. Just a few days 
ago, I was walking around my hometown 

Jamie Canniffe '91 

While at BC, Jamie Canniffe '91 
played Nick in an adaptation 
of Who's Afraid of Virginia 
Woolf and spent a summer acting and 
writing at Dublin's Abbey Theatre. Can- 
niffe says that he's always felt compelled 
to tell stories. His own narrative, in fact, 
is as entertaining as the reality shows he 
creates for Sony Pictures Television, 
where he was recently promoted to 
senior vice president. 

The Marblehead, Mass., native had 
his first taste of Hollywood in 1993 as a 
volunteer turned production assistant 
on the Jeff Bridges actioner Blown Away, 
which was filmed in Boston. He had been 
selling mutual funds before the gig and 
soon left for the West Coast, taking a job 
answering phones on the Warner Bros. lot. 

"I figured my best chance to get 
ahead was to work cheap," says Canniffe. 
It soon paid off, when he talked his way 
onto a syndicated sports show hosted by Dan Marino. Canniffe left as an associate 
producer, later venturing to VHl's Behind the Music, where he produced episodes on 
David Crosby and John Lennon, among others. 

When reality TV exploded onto the scene in the early 2000s, Canniffe was at the 
right place at the right time, serving as producer and then co-executive producer of the 
Emmy-nominated hit The Apprentice for six seasons. In his current role, Canniffe 
develops reality shows for a variety of audiences. His touch can be seen on NBC's 
breakout hit The Sing Off, ABC's Shark Tank, and the nationally syndicated Dr. Oz Show. 

Below, Canniffe provides his take on life and BC: 

Jamie Canniffe develops reality programming 
for Sony Pictures Television. 


Writing, producing, and directing a short 
film, titled Foto Fandango, with the help of 
some friends in 1997. It was recognized in 
a half-dozen major film festivals and even 
won a couple prizes. 


Running the Marine Corps Marathon. 


Studying at the Abbey Theatre. 


To complete an open-ocean swim race, 
travel to every continent, and start my 
own television production company. 


Try everything. The college life — 
without responsibility and with endless 
opportunity — is a gift. 


Not sure that I have changed. I still 
feel 21, but I certainly look older. 


For the great education and the tailgatin^ 
not necessarily in that order. 


Doing what you love. 


The Bonn Studio in Robsham, where I 
first acted in front of a couple hundred 
people. It seemed like anything was 
possible in that little black-box theater. 


I'd give all my nieces and nephews full 
scholarships, so they could experience 
everything I did. 



of Reading for the annual Christmas tree 
lighting during my Thanksgiving trip home, 
and who did I run into but classmates 
Dave Brabeck and Karen Kiley-Brabeck — 

who actually recognized my husband, Dana 
Colarulli '95. It was so nice to see the two 
of them and their adorable kids! • Happy 
new year, everyone — and please make it 
your new year's resolution to send a note 
my way! 

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Correspondent: Enrico Jay Verzosa 

Le Moyne College 
Panasci Chapel 
1419 Salt Springs Road 
Syracuse, NY 13214 

This past summer, attorney Carter Dillard 
joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund 
(ALDF) as the national nonprofit's director 
of litigation. He joined ALDF from the faculty 
of Loyola University New Orleans, College 
of Law, where he was a Westerfield Fellow. 
Carter, who holds a JD degree from Emory 
University and an LLM from New York 
University, is also a peer reviewer for the 
journal Bioethics, and he has appeared on 
FOX Business News. • In January, Christopher 
Morrison, MEd/JD'oi, an attorney at the 
Boston law firm Hanify & King PC, joined the 
law firm Jones Day as a partner in its new 
Boston office. Christopher concentrates his 
practice in intellectual property litigation and 
general business litigation. He is also co-chair 
of the Business Litigation and Antitrust 
Committee of the Boston Bar Association. 
• In September, Tyler Sloat joined the sub- 
scription billing firm Zuora as CFO. He 
was previously CFO for Obopay, a leader 
in mobile payments. Tyler is a registered 
CPA in the state of California and holds 
an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School 
of Business. 

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Correspondent: Mike Hofman 

537 E. 13th Street, No. 20 

New York, NY 10009; 212-673-3065 

Baby boys are a theme this issue. Mike Geary 
and his wife, Monica, welcomed a son, 
James Robert, on October 7, 2010. The little 
guy joins Charlotte (5) and Patrick (3). The 
family lives in Hamden, CT Mike works 
at GE as a controller in the global business 
services division. • Polly Lagana and her 
husband, Jim Fanning '95, welcomed a baby 
boy, Jake Patrick Fanning, on August 23, 
2010. Big brother Griffin turned 3 in January 
and is very excited to have a little brother. The 
family lives in Manhattan. • And winning the 
grand prize: Mariessa Longo Theodorou and 
her husband, Jim, welcomed twin boys on 
November 11, 2010. Andrew and Peter join 
big brothers Christopher (4) and Matthew (2). 
• Grant Kaplan, PhD'03, writes that he 

married Emily Otto in New Orleans on 
September 25, 2010. In attendance were 
Gretchen (Ebeler) and Mark Hazlin, Amy 
(Tisler) Inlow, Jeff Kongthong, Pat Zilaro, 
Dan Brillman, Colin Sullivan, Steve Karidas, 
Bob Jones, Steven Scully, John Lesher, Ryan 
Harper, Mike Duffy, Justin Gould, Alex 
Danesco '97, and Scott Leroy '98. After four 
years on the faculty at Loyola New Orleans, 
Grant joined Saint Louis University's 
Department of Theological Studies in 2007. 
He is up for tenure this year. 

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Correspondent: Sabrina Bracco McCarthy 

464 Westminster Road 
Rockville Centre, NY 11570 

Rich Young and his wife, Amanda, welcomed 
their first child, son Gavin Michael Young, 
on August 19, 2010. The happy family, 
including their nine-year-old yellow Lab, 
Bailey, is living on Daniel Island, SC. • Jason 
and Jill (Desmarais) Koval welcomed their 
fourth daughter, Parker Josephine, on May 18. 
The family lives in New Canaan, CT. • Dan 
and Carolyn Cloutier Brace welcomed 
triplets — Sarah, Rachel, and Ethan — to their 
family in October 2010. They join older 
siblings Natalie (5) and Jared (2) to make a 
family of seven! You can imagine their 
surprise when they found out they were 
expecting triplets, since the odds of natural 
triplets are 1 in 8,100! Thankfully, Dan left 
the army and now works from home as a 
government contractor in Northern Virginia, and 
Carolyn continues to be a stay-at-home rnom. 

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Correspondent: Mistie P. Lucht 

1821 N. Dayton Street 
Chicago, IL 60614 

Rachel Karceski is living in Baltimore and 
working as an assistant state's attorney for 
Baltimore County. • Maureen Maloney, 
MA'02, married fellow BC graduate 
Christopher Barnowski '96 on June 26, 2010, 
at St. Thomas Chapel on the harbor in 
Falmouth, Cape Cod. In attendance from the 
Class of 1998 were bridesmaids Kate 
(Cunningham) Rogers and Laurie (Flaherty) 
Mitchell, as well as Gretchen Ehrenzeller 
MS 03, Aimee (Martineau) Cullen, Holly 
(Ciampi) Reil, Alison (Dwan) Fracassa, Carrie 
(Cunniff) Geary, Leanne (Little) Aguirre, Lisa 
(Stagno) Bagley, Claire (DiBiasie) Behrens, 
Ann Marie (DiBiasie) and Matt Reid, Kelly 
Welch MEd'99, Valerie (Pellegrini) Clark, 
Marion (Fitzgerald) Richardson, Julie 
(Menendez) Schelenski MBA'02, and Jay '99 
and Kristi (Dailey) Boyer. Missing was their 
good friend Christine (Torchen) Farkas, who 
was busy having her third baby, a little boy 
named Andrew. Maureen and Christopher 
enjoyed a festive celebration afterward at the 
Wianno Club in Osterville and then had a fun 

and romantic honeymoon on Anguilla and St. 
Barts. They currently reside in Brookline. 
Since graduating from BC, Maureen received 
her master's degree in counseling psychology 
from BC's Lynch School of Education and a 
CAGS in education administration from BU. 
She currently works as a vice principal at an 
elementary school in Holliston. • Gretel 
Twombly married Jim Bierylo on August 7 in 
her hometown of Falmouth. They live happily 
in Los Angeles, where Gretel works in feature 
film production, and Jim is an RN. • After BC, 
Grainne McKeown spent some years living in 
Asia, which finally led her to return to school 
for an MA in acupuncture and Oriental 
medicine at the Seattle Institute for Oriental 
Medicine. When she graduated in 2008, she 
went back to Asia to volunteer in free clinics 
that she had gotten to know during her time 
in Nepal and Thailand. After volunteering for 
about 8 months, she came back to the States, 
settled in Chicago, and started a nonprofit 
called Mindful Medicine Worldwide. Grainne 
also has acupuncture and Chinese medicine 
clinics in Chicago and Evanston. • Adriana 
Clifton and Jim Gruber were married on April 
17 in Phoenix. Members of the wedding party 
included Chrissy (Gruber) Hoye '00 and 
Brian Thomas. Also in attendance from the 
Class of 1998 were Carrie (Sbrolla) Thomas, 
Carolyn (Homer) and John Craven, and Dave 
Dlott. Other Eagles in the crowd were Marty 
Ridge '67, president of the BC alumni chapter 
in Phoenix who helped introduce the couple; 
Kevin Quinn '69; and Be Ward '00. The 
couple honeymooned in Hawaii and reside in 
downtown Phoenix. • In November 2010, 
Domenic Dell'Osso became the new EVP and 
CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corporation. He 
was formerly VP, finance, of the company and 
CFO of its subsidiary Chesapeake Midstream 
Development LP. Domenic, who holds an 
MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, 
previously worked at Jefferies & Co. and 
Banc of America Securities as an energy 
investment banker. • Brian Dunphy, JD'07, is 
one of 12 lawyers selected to participate in the 
Boston Bar Association's 2010-2011 Public 
Interest Leadership Program. The annual 
12-month leadership development program 
is intended to reinforce the professional 
commitment of lawyers to civic and charitable 
initiatives. Brian is an associate at Mintz, 
Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo in 
Boston and focuses his practice on litigation 
and health-care matters. • Jonathan Shapiro 
has joined Shapiro Law Offices, a family- 
owned-and-operated firm based in Middletown, 
CT, as a partner. He concentrates his 
practice on complex commercial and general 
litigation. Previously, Jonathan was an 
attorney at Day Pitney in its Stamford office. 
He currently serves as vice chair of the 
Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers 
Section and as vice chair for the Greater 
Fairfield County Board of the March of Dimes 
Connecticut chapter. 

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Correspondent: Matt Colleran 
Correspondent: Emily Wildfire 


Hey. Class of 1999 — I hope everyone is 
enjoying a great winter! • Leah Caiman 
Fogarty. husband Brendan, and son James (1) 
are living in New York City. Leah works at 
Google alone; with Brian McDevitt and Ken 
Johnston. • Eddie 00 and Erin (Hannon) 
Conlon. MEd'oi. welcomed their second 
child. Michaela Jane, on May 29, 2010. 

• Haemin (Kwan) and Jihoon Shin, MEd'oo, 
welcomed their third child, Tyler Chanho 
Shin, on June 23, 2009. They live in Arlington, 
VA. • Paul and Sarah (Shiple) Cox welcomed 
their second son, Daniel, in spring 2010. 

• Rebecca (Stronach) '98 and Craig Kowalski, 
JD'02. welcomed their second child, Francis 
Samuel, on May 25, 2010. • Andrea 
(Heimanson) '01 and Herb Harrison are 
excited to announce the birth of Aria Marie on 
July 25, 2010. • Gretchen Riddell Garcia and 
her husband. Jose, welcomed their second 
son, Andres, on February 21, 2010. He joins 
Tomas (3). They live in Atlanta — their fourth 
"home" in seven years, as GE keeps them on 
the move. • Meredith and Ken Johnston 
welcomed daughter Elizabeth Ann Johnston 
on July 12. • Andrea and Patrick Kennedy 
were married on July 24 in Virginia. The 
happy couple live in Brighton. • Jason 
Crawford and Keri Moos were married on July 
3, 2010, in Mystic, CT. Brad Battaglia served 
as best man. Other '99ers in attendance 
included Ryan Robinson, Mead Rolston, Dave 
Campbell, Anik Bonham, Brian McCarty, and 
David Dean. • Jarod and Allison (Reed) Picone 
welcomed their second daughter, Marisa 
Eliza, on June 25, 2010, joining sister Cecelia 
(3). They live in Hunt Valley, MD. • Tristan '97 
and Jenn (Klingler) Jordan welcomed Tess 
Ann on April 1, 2010. She joins big brother 
Tyler (2). Jenn also completed her second 
master's — in school counseling — at Fairfield 
University. • Ian and Elizabeth (Fote) 
Boccaccio welcomed Sofia Elizabeth on 
January 31, 2010. She joins her proud big 
brother, Max (2). • Kristin Adamo married 
Shawn Grenier on August 28. The couple live 
in North Andover. • Laura Funken '00, MBA06, 
and Matt Chabot welcomed a son, Evan 
Matthew, on May 5. They also live in North 
Andover. • Brad and Leanne (DeMarco) 
Flannery welcomed their first daughter, 
Kylie Reese Flannery, on August n, 2010. 

• Anne (Rechkemmer) '01 and Patrick 
Chatfield welcomed son James Clark Chatfield 
on February 28, 2010. The family resides 
in South Boston. 

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Correspondent: Kate Pescatore 
6} Carolina Trail 
Marshfidd, MA 02050 

Winter greetings, Class of 2000. • Chris 
Serico, an entertainment reporter for the 
Journal News in Westchester County, NY, 
recently made his national television debut as 
an expert for two TV Guide Network specials: 
25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time and 
Sexy Beasts: Vamps, Wolves el Mutants. • Tricia 
(Burke) McKenna is now a VP at Warschawski, 
where she manages client accounts and over- 
sees the company's New England office. She 

Tiffany Cooper Gueye '00, PhD'07 

When Tiffany Cooper Gueye 
'oo, PhD'07, answered an 
advertisement in The Heights 
for a summer job following her sophomore 
year, she had no idea how profoundly it 
would affect her life. The ad read, "Do 
you believe all children can excel?" Since 
that summer Gueye spent as a camp 
counselor, she has fought to show just 
how deeply she believes in the extraor- 
dinary ability of every child. 

As CEO and president of Building 
Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), Gueye 
has brought her passion to work, helping 
to create summer and after-school pro- 
gramming for underserved and urban 
communities. Under her leadership, the 
organization has grown to assist more 
than 14,000 students in grades K-8 across 
Massachusetts and five other states — a far 
cry from the 20 students and one school 
being serviced when BELL began in 1992. 

"We're thoughtful about educational needs. Through mentors and adult role models, 
we get children to change their perceptions of learning," says Gueye, who also serves on 
the BC Alumni Association Board of Directors. 

Gueye has been named by both the Network Journal and the Boston Business Journal 
as one of the top under-40 achievers in 2009, and even the White House has taken 
notice, as First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the role BELL and Gueye have played in 
improving public education. 

Tiffany Cooper Gueye has helped build BELL into one 
of the nation's top educational program providers. 

Below, Gueye continues to educate: 


Whenever BELL sees positive results for its 
scholars — especially when the performance 
of a whole school improves. It means our 
reach extends beyond our enrolled students 
to an even larger number of at-risk youth. 


The best is yet to come. I just had my first 
child and that will be the moment to top in 
coming years. 


Spring bake sales throughout campus 
that raised money for service trips. 


To use my professional pursuits to help 
eliminate race- and income-based achievement 
gaps in education. 


Take a job or volunteer off campus. 


I have more questions. I wish I had seen 
more of the world before BC, then I could 
have shared them with faculty and students. 


The focus on academic excellence and 
spirituality, as well as great sports. 


Belief in yourself, and not imposing 
limitations on yourself or others. 


I love Bapst lawn — the trees, shade, 
and quiet. 


Fr. Leahy is doing a fantastic job, so I'd 
ask for his daily agenda and follow it. 



was previously a VP at Louder Than Words, a 
Boston-based communications agency that 
was acquired by Warschawski last fall. • Erick 
Hunt recently accepted a position at Sulzer 
Metco in Westbury, NY, as contract manager. 
Erick was previously a senior contracts 
administrator at BAE Systems. • Kerry 
Beauchemin married Brian Rommel on 
November 14, 2009, in Annapolis, MD. 
Bridesmaids were Kelly (Robinson) O'Connell 
and Aby Moeykens. Also in attendance was 
Joanna (Enstice) Kerpen. The couple reside 
in the Rockville, MD, area. • Katie Pyrek 
married Andrew Prahin on May 29, 2010, in 
Chicago. The couple live in Chicago, where 
Katie is a school guidance counselor. • Judy 
Pisnanont married Ru Yuan in August 2010. 
The couple live and work in New York City, 
where Judy is a staff attorney for the U.S. 
Court of Appeals. • Cassandra (Lopez) '01 
and James Loftus are proud to announce 
the birth of a baby boy, Quinn Patrick Loftus. 
He was born on June 17, 2010, in Palo 
Alto, CA, and joins big brother Jackson (3). 
In addition, James recently accepted a corpo- 
rate counsel position at Google. • Joe and 
Jennifer Rath Caggiano joyfully announce 
the arrival of their baby girl, Ashley Nicole, 
on September 23, 2010. Ashley joins her 
proud big brother, Nicholas (4). • Hugh 
Cauthers and his wife, Chris sy, welcomed 
their third child, Kaila, on October 16, 2010. 
She joins her brother Deston (6) and sister 
Georgana (3) in their Gloucester home. 
• Please remember that you can post your 
own updates on the BC online community or 
send them to me. Thank you as always 
for sharing your wonderful news. I love 
being able to share your updates with the 
rest of the BC community. 

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Correspondent: Erin Mary Ackerman 
16 Brightwood Avenue 
Nonh Andover, MA 01845 

Matthew Mainelli and Julie McCartney '04 
were married on August 21, 2010, in St. Paul's 
Church in Ellicott City, MD. Sister of the bride 
Kelly McCartney (a Presidential Scholar in the 
Class of 2011) was maid of honor. Classmates 
in the wedding party included brother of the 
bride Kevin McCartney, Brian Anderson, 
Tracy Clifford '04, Laura Sanchez Cross '04, 
Gillian Scanlon '04, and Brendan Sullivan. 
Alumni in attendance included the father of 
the bride, Donald McCartney '68; Lise Byrne 
Anderson; Rob Doehner; John Feore '68; Jon 
Heagle; Billy Kelty '68; Maggie Kelty '04, 
JD'08; Mark Kimberling; Ken Kozack; John 
McCartney Jr. '65; Mary (O'Donovan) '69 
and Ed McDonald '68; Jack McDonnell '68; 
Rose Disalvo Micozzi '04; Jim Miskel '68; 
Michael Rocco Sr. MBA73; Mary Beth '91 
and Michael Rocco '89; Serene Saliba '04; 
and Breanne Bonner Sieurin '04. The couple 
currently resides in New York City, where 
Julie is an advertising sales account executive 
at CBS, and Matt is a VP in the health-care 
investment banking group at JPMorgan. 
• Danny and Shelley (Ventura) Colontrelle 
are proud to announce the birth of a baby 

boy, Dylan Thomas, on January 30, 2010, in 
Vero Beach, FL. • In October 2010, Tim 
Heston was promoted to VP at Bertram 
Capital, a private equity firm headquartered 
in San Mateo, CA. He joined the company 
in 2009 and concentrates on industrial 
sector investments. Tim holds an MBA 
from the University of California, Berkeley. 
• In 2004, Jason Mulgrew created a blog, 
Everything Is Wrong With Me, as a means 
of developing content for his stand-up 
comedy act. Since then, he has turned 
hisself-deprecating observations into a book, 
Everything Is Wrong with Me: A Memoir 
of an American Childhood Gone, Well, Wrong 
(Harper Perennial, 2010), a collection of 
stories about growing up in South Philly in 
the 1980s. • John Mahon Jr., an associate 
at Williams Venker & Sanders in St. Louis, 
was listed as a "Rising Star" in the 2010 
Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers. John 
was recognized for medical malpractice 
and general personal injury defense. 

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Correspondent: Suzanne Harte 

42 8th Street, Apt. 1102 

Charlestown, MA 02ug; 617-596-5486 

Congratulations to Rich and Lauren (King) 
McGreehan, who welcomed their first son, 
Ryan Joseph, on May 6, 2010. Lauren also 
received her master's degree in curriculum 
and instruction from George Mason 
University in Virginia in May. • Meghan 
Cunniff married John Ferone on August 7, 
2009, in Red Bank, NJ. Jill Geismar was a 
bridesmaid. Other BC alums in attendance 
were Jessica (Cox) Fairbairn, Rristen Spillane 
MS'09, and Kevin Kelly '00. Meghan is a 
third-grade teacher and she and John live in 
Monmouth Beach, NJ. • Allison Leigh Cahill 
married Raymond Augustine Burke on 
September 3,2010. The ceremony was held at 
St. Francis de Sales Church in Charlestown, 
and the reception was at the Boston Harbor 
Hotel. Keri (Sullivan) Cote, MS'07, served as 
the matron of honor. Bridesmaids includ- 
ed Lisa Kahle, Sarah Kowalchuk, and Andrea 
Ricci. The best man was Charles Breen. 
Groomsmen included Adam Bomberger 
MBA' 10, William Holtham '95, and Robert 
Cianfrini. BC grads in attendance were 
Meghan (Kane) Bride MS'05, James Bride, 
Courtney Chapman, Amanda (Berger) Gould, 
Aimee (Whitlock) Mack, Kelly (Langton) Otte, 
Denning (Aaris) Peccia MA'07, Kadie 
(Steinberg) Whalen '01, Sean Whalen '01, and 
Laura (Panneton) Wright. Allison is a clinical 
exercise physiologist at Brigham and Women's 
Hospital in Boston, and Raymond is an 
account executive for CDW. The couple 
honeymooned on Antigua and currently 
reside in Charlestown. • Congratulations to 
Jay and Celeste (Sedo) Tini, who welcomed 
the birth of their first son, Drennan Joseph 
Tini, on September 12, 2010. The family resides 
in Alexandria, VA. • Keri Sullivan married 
Matthew Cote on September 6, 2009, in Melrose. 
The reception was at the Seaport Hotel in 
Boston. Allison Leigh Cahill, Laura (Panneton) 
Wright, Kelly (Langton) Otte, Lisa Kahle, and 

Aimee (Whitlock) Mack were in the 
wedding party. Other attendees included 
Meghan (Kane) Bride, James Bride, Denning 
(Aaris) Peccia, Amanda (Berger) Gould, 
Courtney Chapman, Kadie (Steinberg) 
Whalen, Jillian Lopiano, Ryan Heald, 
Christopher Millette '99, Michael Leone '99, 
Jeffrey Bridge MS/MBA'08, and Anthony 
Scuderi MBA'04. The couple had a baby 
boy, Colin Joseph Cote, on July 26, 2010. 
The family resides in Melrose. 

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Correspondent: ToniAnn Kruse 

111 Lawrence St., Apt lgF 

Brooklyn, NY 11201; 201-317-2205 

In January, Harper-Collins released Just Being 
Audrey, a children's biography of Audrey 
Hepburn, written by Margaret Cardillo and 
illustrated by Julia Denos of Boston. The book 
has been chosen by the Museum of Modern 
Art in New York City as one of its children 
selections for this winter. • Ryan'oi, MEd'03, 
and Erin (Kelly) Travia, MA'05, welcomed 
their first child, Nicholas William Travia, on 
September 29, 2010. • Rebecca Gilman married 
Edward Shklovsky in Newport, RI, on July 4, 
2010. Classmates in attendance included 
Krysta Berquist, Alana Blanks, Amanda 
Bradstreet, Katherine Clark, Claire Julian, 
Tara (Wilcox) Keffer MS/MBA'08, Meghan 
(Brennan) Mazzacano, Kendall (McLane) 
McCarthy, Lisa Mokaba, Tyler Radford, and 
Gina Yianopoulos. • Rebekka Grater married 
Brian Mark on August 14, 2010, at Tupper 
Manor in Beverly. Amanda (Gibbons) Minerva, 
MEd'04, was a bridesmaid, and classmates 
attending included Megan Reilly, Sophie 
Lehar, and Kristin (Skrine) O'Donnell. Other 
BC alumni in attendance included Rebekka' s 
father, Otto Grater '72; her mother, Pearl 
Feeney-Grater '74; and her uncle Marty 
Feeney '70. • Matthew Sullivan married Hillary 
Mauro, MEd'io, on July 17, 2010, at Our Lady 
of the Cape in Brewster, Cape Cod. The 
reception took place at the Dennis Inn in 
Dennis. The wedding party included groomsman 
Benjamin Delahanty and maid of honor 
Gail Ryan '05. Others in attendance included 
Mark Rawden, Paul Tzovolos MEd'04, 
Kathleen (Zimmerman) Kaufman, Alexandra 
Barrett, Jeffrey Butterworth, Noelle (Letourneau) 
Cameron, Danielle Anderson, Angela Maglione, 
Arthur Jean, Jeanne-Marie '71 and John P. 
Ryan '71, John G. Ryan MBA'08, and Caroline 
Junta '91. The happy couple honeymooned in 
Hawaii for two weeks and currently reside in 
Reading. • Renee Lynne Pento and husband 
Marc DiLeo of Reading welcomed their son 
Gianni Anthony DiLeo on July 27, 2009. The 
baby was baptized on October 18, 2009. 

• Christy Zider married Andrew Pearce on 
July 4, 2010, at the "Hartland house," the home 
of Simon and Pia Pearce in Hartland, VT Christy's 
sister Mary Zider '06 was the maid of honor. 

• Dave and Ashley (Hunt) Stuart were married 
on November 7, 2009, in Playa del Carmen, 
Mexico. Theresa (Esposito) AUgood was the matron 
of honor. In attendance were Mike Brigand, 
Stephanie Casey, Tim Clark, JR Dehring MS'04, 
Dana Langston, Luke Northern, Matt Spear, 


Paid Sutton. Ke\in Werner, Ken Williams, and 

Judy Barclay '74. The Stuarts reside in England. 

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Correspondent: Alexandra "Al lie" Weiskopf 


Please keep the updates coming — I love 
hearing from everyone! • Ben '03 and Laura 
(Sanchez) Cross had their second son on 
September 9, 2010. Baby Julian joins big 
brother Jackson in this all-Eagle family. 
• Katherine Weiss, JD'07, married John 
Romano on October 30. 2010, in Riegelsville, 
PA. The wedding party included bridesmaids 
Melissa Barrett, Kelly Bloom, and Liz (Abbott) 
Wenger MSW'06. Other alumni in atten- 
dance were Denise Carlon, Kelly (Smith) and 
Pete DeMartini. Chris Holsten '03, Mark 
Khan, Juliana Gaita-Monjaraz, Pat Moore 
JD'07, J ess Pandolfi, Matt Thompson '05, and 
Paid Wenger. Katie is an associate at Sullivan 
& Cromwell in Manhattan, and John is an 
assistant U.S. attorney in Newark, NJ. John 
and Katie reside in Hoboken. • Courtney 
Shackleton married Andrew Maury on 
September 18, 2010, on the west shore of 
Lake Tahoe, CA. The wedding party included 
alumni Geno Burmester '05, Maura O'Day, 
and Dennis Mahoney. Also in attendance 
were Jeremy Chasen '06, Jill Crawford, Annie 
Hagbom, Maggie Kelty JD'08, Susan McGee 
05, Megan Murphy, and Brandon Wong. 
Courtney is a first-grade teacher, and 
Andrew is the founder and managing 
partner of Nantucket Brand. The couple live 
in Atherton, CA. • Kelly Thorne married 
Michael Chornoma on July 24, 2010, at the 
Church of the Immaculate Conception in 
WesthamptonBeach, NY. Alumni in the 
bridal party included Jessica Franco MS'05, 
Jennifer (Elfstrom) Gibson MA'05, and Lauren 
(Tallevi) Meyer. Other alumni in attendance 
included Christopher Burns, Sara Durgin, Julie 
(Prassas) Kras, Christian Poyant, Christopher 
Bean '02, and Conor Wynne '03. Michael is a 
graduate of Bryant University in Rhode Island. 
The couple currently live on the eastern end of 
Long Island, where Kelly teaches at a local 
elementary school. • I hope 2011 is giving you 
all many blessings, and I hope to hear from 
more of you this year! 

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Correspondent: Joe Bowden 

93 Haivest Lane 

Bridgewater, MA 02324; 308-807-0048 

BC 2005 alums continue to connect around 
the country and the world. • Emily Keane and 
Liz Adams ventured out west to Jackson Hole, 
WY, to visit Erin Taylor in March 2010. Erin 
took the city girls under her wing, and the trio 
hiked into Grand Teton National Park to a 
frozen lake for a picnic; snowshoed to a natu- 
ral hot spring; and tasted local delicacies such 
as bison burgers, elk steaks, and Snake River 

Brewing beer. • Lauren Marra graduated from 
Georgetown University with a master's in 
public policy and is pursuing a career in non- 
profit management and social policy analysis. 
Last June, she completed her first Sprint 
Triathlon along with classmates Chris Kelly, 
Maria Schweitzer, and Annie Walsh. Lauren 
happily resides in Washington, DC. • For the 
past three years, Andrew Grillo has lived in 
Sydney, Australia, where he is a compliance 
analyst for State Street Global Advisors. • On 
May 21, 2010, Laura Terlouw married Jason 
Buttorf '04 at Viansa Winery in Sonoma, CA. 
In attendance were Adam Koneman; Lucy 
Bueti; Liana Popkin; Andrea Overall '04; Joe 
Ballard '04 (Jason's best man); Andy Maples 
'04; Mike Lucarelli '04, MS'05; Mike Smith 
'04, JD'07; Sef Ghanem '04; and Sarah 
Mahler-Gnanem '04. The couple live in 
San Francisco. Laura graduated from Stanford 
Law School in 2008 and is practicing employ- 
ment litigation at Cooley LLP. Jason is a 
portfolio manager with Rochdale Investment 
Management. • Stephanie Miles married Felix 
Klock II (an MIT alumnus) on September 5, 
2010, at the Corinthian Yacht Club in 
Marblehead with MIT chaplain Robert 
Randolph presiding. Courtney Baker was a 
bridesmaid. Other BC alumni in attendance 
included Eric Vermeiren, Alicia True, Veronica 
Korb, Katina Tsagaroulis Cross '04, Sarah Cue 
'98, and Alison Casey MA'07. Stephanie 
completed her MBA at Boston University and 
is now in the Information Management 
Associates Program, a two-year rotational 
leadership development program at Bristol- 
Myers Squibb. • Melissa Bruno and Sean 
O'Dowd were married at St. Anthony of 
Padua Church in Shirley on September 18, 
2010. Catherine Bruno, Melissa's younger 
sister, served as maid of honor, and 
bridesmaids included Kristin Aten MEd'06, 
Kathleen O'Dowd '08, and Breanne O'Dowd. 
Andrew Tignanelli served as best man, and 
groomsmen included William Doherty, Rory 
Anderson, and Michael Durso. BC '05 class- 
mates in attendance included Jenevieve 
Doerr, Margaret Brown, and Edward Lin. 
Fellow Eagles included Rachel (Perez) 
Schulten '04; Deborah Bruno '79; Donna 
Pennino '96; Glenn Moody '07; Renee (Lindo) 
Fuller '03, JD'06; and Arlan Fuller JD'06. 
Also in attendance were Alfred Pennino, 
former associate VP for planning and construc- 
tion at BC; and Robert Capalbo '62, MA'74, 
PhD'90, associate director, stewardship and 
donor relations, in BC's Office of University 
Advancement. Melissa and Sean currently 
reside in Belmont. Melissa is a senior account 
executive in health care at global public rela- 
tions firm Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, and 
Sean is an AVP at FactSet Research Systems, 
a financial software company. • Eugene Raux 
is currently working as a paralegal at Brecher 
Fishman Pasternack Walsh Tilker & Ziegler 
PC. He is also pursuing his master's degree 
in history at Long Island University. 

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Last July, Jay Beekman met up with a number 
of fellow BC alumni in Leogane, Haiti, where 
he was volunteering for a Boston-based NGO 
called Hands On Disaster Response (now 
known as All Hands Volunteers). Several 
other recent BC graduates were also volun- 
teering for HODR when Jay was there. They 
included Kelly Madigan, Karl Balan, Melissa 
Law '10, Garrett Waters '09, and Joe Dreeszen 
'09. Two additional BC alumni were recently 
working on HODR's management team: Beca 
Howard and Bill Driscoll Jr. '05. Read more 
about the organization at 

• Sarah (Schultz) and Jeff Lazar are happy to 
announce their marriage on May 22, 2010, at 
the Bahia Resort Hotel in Mission Beach, San 
Diego. They currently reside in San Diego. 
Jessica Giordano, Ann Clark, and Katie 
Baynes were in attendance. Sarah and Jeff 
celebrated with a honeymoon on St. Maarten. 

• In October 2010, Casey Bayer joined the PR 
firm of Regan Communications Group of 
Boston as an account manager. For the past 
three years, she has served as a journalist and 
web photo editor at the Christian Science 
Monitor. • Melissa Fortunato was married to 
Mike Slomienski '04 on September 25 in 
Spring Lake, NJ. Groomsmen included Joe 
Celia '04, Peter Bianco '04, Matthew 
Slomienski '07, and Richard Kabobjian '04, 
and BC bridesmaids were Lauren Lundy and 
Alexa Reisler. The couple have been living 
and working in London for the past two 
years. • Don't forget to join our BC Class of 
2006 Facebook page to stay up on all of the 
reunion news! 

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Correspondent: Cristina Conciatori / 843-624-1204 
Correspondent: Tina Corea / 973-224-3863 

Correspondent: Lauren Faherty 

11 Elm Street 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-698-6608 

On August 8, 2010, Rachel Yoffe, MEd'08, 
married Justin Mack in Cohasset. Rachel was 
escorted down the aisle by her father, BC 
alumnus Dov Yoffe '85. Fellow alumni and 
members of the bridal party included Leslie 
Appleton, MEd'08, and Caitlin O'Connor, 
MSW'io. Other alumni in attendance were 
Rachel Orlowski, Katie McLarney MSW'08, 
Jennifer (Cundall) Meech, Kyle DeMeo 
MEd'08, Lora Krsulich, Jennifer Mahoney, 
Katie Brennan, Jennifer Pascual, Christopher 
Griffin, and Nick Frangipane MA'io. 
• Stephanie Talutis received her master's in 
public health from Boston University and is 
currently attending New York Medical College 
School of Medicine in Valhalla, NY. On 
October 8, she received her white coat. • On 
November 1, 2010, forward Jared Dudley 
signed a contract extension with the Phoenix 
Suns basketball team for $22.5 million over 
five years. The deal, which allows Jared to opt 
out of the final year, begins next season and 
runs through the 2015-2016 season. • For the 
past two years, Detroit Lions tackle Gosder 
Cherilus has helped fund a community school 
in his grandmother's hometown of Desdunes, 
Haiti, and he hopes to build a new school for 
the city within the next two years. Gosder, 
who was born and raised in Haiti, also paid 
for a team of local physicians and health-care 


professionals to visit Haiti after the 
January earthquake, and he started the Gosder 
Cherilus Foundation to support charitable 
causes in Haiti, Detroit, and Boston. Last 
spring, Gosder was one of several NFL players 
with Haitian roots invited to a Clinton 
Foundation event in Miami, and after presenting 
a check to the organization on behalf of 
the players, he was able to briefly discuss with 
former President Clinton his own hopes for 
rebuilding his homeland. 

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Correspondent: Maura Tierney 
92 Revere Street, Apt. 3 
Boston, MA 02114 

Patrick O'Brien and Katie Schermerhorn 

were married in July 2010. Katie writes: 
"We were so blessed that many BC grads 
were able to make it to Dallas and celebrate 
with us." To see a photo of the happy 
couple and many classmates who attended 
the ceremony, logon to the BC alumni 
online community at 
association/community.html. • Ruth Spangler 
Herrle has joined the Divine Savior Holy 
Angels High School staff as director of college 
advising in the student services department. 
Ruth formerly served as an admissions 
counselor at Marquette University. 

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Correspondent: Timothy Bates 

277 Hamilton Avenue 
Massapequa, NY 11758 

Michael McCarthy is now a public affairs 
officer in the Office of Public Affairs for 
the Transportation Security Administration 
in Washington, DC. He had previously 
worked at PBS NewsHour. • Conor McGovern 
of Loudonville, NY, has been awarded a 
Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship 
to Bulgaria to teach English as a foreign 
language. The program, which intends to 
promote understanding between the people 
of the United States and those in ,ofher 
nations, is the flagship international educa- 
tional exchange program sponsored by the 
U.S. government. 

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Correspondent: Bridget K. Sweeney 

4 Lawrence St. 

Danvers, MA 01923; 978-985-1628 

A number of alumni have recently joined 
the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. During their 
time as Jesuit volunteers, they will be 
dedicated to living simply and working for 
social justice in a spiritually supportive 

community of other volunteers who are work- 
ing with people who live on the margins 
of society. The following members of the 
Class of 2010 are among the 340 JVs living 
in 48 communities in the United States 
and six other countries across the globe: 
Rebecca Barbrow, Brenna Davis, Stephanie 
Donatelli, Kate Ferguson, Stephen Fuller, 
Samuel Hay, Anthony Jennaro, Molly 
Kammien, Monroe Lacerte, Andrew Leonard, 
Ashley Leprine, Mariel Lougee, Timothy Luk, 
Colleen Madden, Kathryn Niemer, Alissa 
Nulsen, Christopher Petteruti, Laura Regan, 
Marin Riley, Theresa Schmall, Michael 
Serzan, Edward Shore, Kaki Stamateris, 
Hanna Tappen, Pedro Urday, Emily Walton, 
Jen Wilson, and Carolyn Zippilli. • Sudbury 
native Robin DeSantis has joined the 
Peace Corps, and in August she headed for 
the Dominican Republic to begin preservice 
training. She will serve for two years, 
helping to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, 
teaching English, and organizing literacy 
training. Robin, who earned her BA from 
BC in Spanish and studio art, had earlier 
gained experience as a volunteer, working 
at a community center in Brighton teaching 
English to immigrants. • Sydney Sanchez 
is currently working toward her JD at 
Brooklyn Law School. • Carl Crittenden 
graduated from Northeastern in December 
with his MSA and is planning a road trip 
across the United States this spring before 
starting work at Ernst & Young in summer/ 
fall. • Amanda Keele is also embarking on 
a career in accounting as she begins an 
internship with Isler Northwest in Portland, 
OR, this winter. • Catherine Cypher and 
Alexandra Shabanian have both begun 
exciting careers in the sports world since 
graduating. Catherine is working in television 
production for the NBA, and Alex works as 
a production assistant at Kraft Sports 
Productions for the New England Patriots. 
• Thanks to all who submitted news for 
this issue, and please keep it coming! 


Fulton Hall, Room 315 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Candida (Greer) Brush, MBA'82, is a 
professor and chair of the entrepreneurship 
division at Babson College and a recent 
honorary degree recipient. She writes, 
"I taught marketing at BC for four years 
and in 1992 obtained my DBA in business 
policy and strategy from Boston University. 
I taught entrepreneurship and strategy at 
BU for 17 years and in 2005 moved to 
Babson College as the Paul T Babson 
Chair in Entrepreneurship, director of the 
Arthur M. Blank Entrepreneurship Center, 
and chair of the entrepreneurship division. 
I was recently honored to receive an 
honorary doctorate of philosophy in business 
and economics from Jonkoping University, 
in Jonkoping, Sweden. Importantly, my 
husband of 38 years, David Brush, (CU 
Denver, 1971, business) was able to attend 
the ceremony, but our three daughters were 
not able to make the trip." • Last summer, 
Stephen Phelps, MBA'87, senior VP and 

chief marketing officer for NASCAR, went 
undercover with one of the pit crews for 
the CBS reality show Undercover Boss. Posing 
as "Kevin Thomas from Vermont," he worked 
alongside the crew as they prepared for the 
Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International 
Speedway. Stephen resides in western 
Connecticut with his wife and four children. 

• In October, Denise McGeough, MS'93, 
of Weston was appointed senior VP in 
middle market banking, commercial 
banking division, at Citizens Bank. Previously, 
Denise served as VP of finance at Essex 
River Ventures, VP of originations at Key 
Global Finance, and VP of syndications at 
BTM Capital Corp. • Laura Stich, MBA95, 
and her husband, Ken Ross, are the new 
owners of the Austin, TX, franchise of 
Mom Corps Inc., a national staffing 
company offering flexible career alternatives. 
Laura earlier spent more than 15 years 
working for high-tech and telecommunica- 
tions companies. She and Ken live in 
Austin with their two sons. • Gayle A. Taylor, 
JD'99, MBA'oo, is senior counsel for 
the Interpublic Group of Companies Inc., a 
global provider of advertising and marketing 
services based in New York City. • In October, 
Christopher Menard, MBA'oo, joined 
Brightcove, an online video platform, as 
CFO. He was previously senior VP and CFO 
of Phase Forward, which provides enterprise 
software and services for clinical trials 
and drug safety. • Also in October, Ken 
Tobey, MBA'02, was appointed senior 
manager of analytics at Sargento Foods 
Inc., where he will be responsible for 
planning and directing syndicated market 
research activities to support marketing 
and sales initiatives. Ken previously 
worked across a number of research areas 
at P&G. • Kenneth Sanginario, MS'03, has 
joined the editorial advisory board of CFO 
magazine, where he will help shape the 
editorial agenda of the business magazine. 

• Rick Berube, MBA'04, is now VP of 
operations for Standard Solar Inc. The 
company provides full-service development, 
construction, integration, financing, and 
installation of solar electronic systems. 


Cashing Hall, Room 201 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, MS'87, is an 
associate professor at Villanova University 
College of Nursing and an expert in the 
area of forensic pediatric nursing and 
Internet safety. Last fall, as the principal 
investigator for the study "Self Exploitation 
and Electronic Aggression: High Risk Internet 
Behaviors in Adolescents," she was awarded 
a two-year grant of nearly $314,000 by the 
Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile 
Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The 
project will survey high-school students about 
participation in self-exploitative behaviors 
and risky social networking behaviors that 
may increase victimization. Elizabeth serves 
on the editorial review panel of the Journal of 
Forensic Nursing, and she also provides expert 
commentary for the media. 



McGuinn Hall. Room 221-A 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; 617-552-3265 

In April 2010. Deana Martin, PhD'99, and 
her husband, Keith, opened the retail bakery 
...Cakes Bakery/Cafe in their hometown 
of Milton. They have since opened a second 
...Cakes on Mass. Ave. in Arlington, and a 
third is slated to open soon in Watertown. The 
Martins are also the owners of Biga Breads, a 
baken-, and Wildflour, a catering company, 
both in Charlestown. 

McGuinn Hall, Room 123 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Class notes for the Graduate School of Social 
Work are published in the GSSW Magazine. 
Please forward submissions to the above address. 


Vicki Sanders 
885 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 0245c) 

Class Notes for Law School alumni are 
published in the BC Law Magazine. Please 
forward all submissions to Vicki Sanders at 
the above address. 


Director of Alumni Relations 
Campion Hall, Room 106 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

We regret to report the loss of two Lynch 
School alumni in September 2010: Former 
Savannah State University president and 
longtime local NAACP president Prince 
Albert Jackson Jr., PhD'66, passed away on 
September 21 after a long illness. 
The Savannah native was a member of the 
graduate faculty of Boston College during the 
1960s before becoming the seventh president 
of Savannah State University in 1971. He 
was a member of many professional and 
scholastic organizations and devoted his life 
to promoting academic excellence and civil 
rights in the Savannah community. He is 
survived by his wife, five children, and six 
grandchildren. Also, Francis "Frank" Joseph 
Lyons Jr., DEd'72, of Lowell died on September 
3. A college professor and child psychologist, 
Frank was awarded two National Science 
Foundation grants for his scholarship in 
the fields of education and psychology. He 
leaves his two children and his brothers. 
• In November 2010, Francine Gravel, 
MEd'83, was honored at an English Montreal 
School Board (EMSB) meeting as a "Teacher 
of Inspiration" by the board-sponsored 
Inspirations newspaper, which focuses on 
special needs. Francine is a teacher at the 
Philip E. Layton School, which is a part of the 

EMSB and located on the Montreal 
Association for the Blind's campus in Notre- 
Dame-de-Grace. Her students are blind or 
visually impaired, and many have other 
associated disabilities such as cerebral palsy. 
Francine, who is also blind, teaches them 
academic subjects as well as the special 
skills they need as blind students. Francine 
holds an undergraduate degree from 
Universite Laval and a special education 
diploma from McGill University. • Jay Cerio, 
PhD'88, a psychologist and school counselor, 
is director of Downstate Programs at 
Alfred University. AU's downstate graduate 
programs are designed for nontraditional 
students employed full-time, with classes that 
meet for one full day each weekend and 
courses that consist of five full-day sessions. 
Jay is now working with AU personnel to 
form an alumni chapter for graduates of 
the program. • On September 16, 2010, the 
Massachusetts Bar Association honored State 
Senator Joan Menard, CAES'93 (D-Fall 
River), with the MBA Legislator of the Year 
Award. Also, in May, Joan received an 
honorary JD degree from Southern New 
England School of Law. Now in her sixth term 
representing the 1st Bristol and Plymouth 
District, Joan is assistant majority leader of 
the state senate, having also served for two 
decades in the Massachusetts House of 
Representatives. Joan was the first woman to 
serve as chair of the Massachusetts Democratic 
Committee and as president of the Association 
of State Democratic Chairs. • In October 
2010, Pope Benedict XVI named Miami 
Auxiliary Bishop John Noonan, MEd'96, as 
the new bishop of Orlando, FL. John was 
formally installed as the head of central 
Florida's 800,000-member Roman Catholic 
church on December 16. Ordained in the 
Archdiocese of Miami in 1983, he held posts 
at several Catholic churches and institutions 
in South Florida before being appointed 
auxiliary bishop of Miami in 2005. • In 
December 2010, Thomas McDermott, MA'97, 
joined collective idea management software 
company Spigit as account director, services. 
Previously, Tom was a senior solutions 
consultant and sales manager at Imaginatik, 
where he worked with large global accounts 
on innovation strategy. Tom, who holds a BA 
from Brandeis University and a master's in 
psychology from BC, also spent several years 
as a practicing psychotherapist. • Erez Miller, 
PhD'98, is chair of the special education 
department at Achva College of Education, 
a four-year teacher training college in Israel. 
• In December 2010, Keith A. Crowley, 
PhD'06, was named principal of St. John's 
Prep in Danvers. He will assume his new 
position in July. Keith has long worked in 
Catholic education: he taught at Cathedral 
High School in Springfield and later at 
Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, 
where he served most recently as assistant 
principal for academics. He lives in Franklin 
with his wife, Patty, and their son, James. 


School of Theology & Ministry 

140 Commonwealth Ave. 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3800 

Class Notes are published in Called to Serve, the 
School of Theology & Ministry's magazine. 
Please forward submissions of 50 words or 
less, including school, degree, and graduation 
year, to the address above. 


Correspondent: Jane T. Crimlisk '74 

37 Leominster Road 

Dedham, MA 02026; 781-326-02^0 

I received a very nice letter from Sr. Mary 
Pauline Hogan '63. She informs me that 
she loved every minute of the time that she 
spent at Boston College on a part- 
time basis while working full-time for 
New England Telephone and Telegraph Co. 
(1957-1960) and then as a teacher at St. 
Patrick's in Stoneham (1960-1963). She 
states that she graduated as an educated 
woman and that they were wonderful 
years. After graduation, Mary entered the 
Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth in 
Convent Station, NJ. She spent 20 years 
as administrator of Sacred Heart Convent, 
Newton Centre, which is used as a retirement 
center for her order as well as for other 
sisters. At the present time, Sr. Mary is a 
patient representative at St. Joseph's 
Wayne Hospital in Paterson, NJ, where 
she handles complaints and visits with 
patients. She reports that her great- 
grandnephew Damian Schuesler recently 
celebrated his first birthday. Finally, Sr. 
Mary states that Fr. Woods '54, MAT'61, 
STB '62, is a marvel, and she looks forward 
to alumni activities in 2013, God willing. 
• Also, I received a two-page article from 
the Boston Globe, along with a note from 
Fr. Woods saying, "We old-timers hang 
in there." The article was in reference to 
Velia DiCesare '63. Velia began her career 
with the Massachusetts Unemployment 
Compensation Commission, now the 
Division of Unemployment Assistance, in 
1936 as a clerk-typist after graduating 
from Boston Clerical School and passing 
the civil service exam. Velia attended 
Boston College at night, earning a 
bachelor's degree in economics, and 16 
years later she received a master's degree 
in public administration from Northeastern 
University. Through taking civil service 
exams, Velia advanced to supervisory 
and management positions. There has 
been one underlying constant in Velia's 
career — helping people. Velia, who is now 93 
years old, is still employed full-time and 
goes to the gym three times a week! • We 
have an alumni board that meets the 
second Thursday of each month. Our goal 
is to increase the number of people on 
the board to have representation from 
many classes. For more information, the 
link is 
jsp?chapter=n8. Rick Riley, MS'03, is our 
current president, and Eva Maynard '97, 
assistant director in the alumni relations, 
can be reached at 617-552-4757 if you do 
not have access to a computer. • If you have 
any worthy news, please feel free to e-mail, 
snailmail, or call me! 



John J. Norton '37 of Cohasset on 
December 2, 2010. 

Edmund P. Quinn '39 of North 
Andover on November 16, 2010. 


Vinicio H. Nasca '40, MA'42, of 
Falls Church, VA, on November 
6, 2010. 

John C. O'Hara, Esq., '40, JD'48, 
of Walpole, formerly of Canton, 
on September 28, 2010. 

Harold F. Lynch '41 of Marshfield 
on October 21, 2010. 

John F. Roake '41 of Menlo Park, 
CA, on October 11, 2010. 

Charles A. Donovan '42 of 

West Roxbury on November 20, 

Charles E. Price, Esq., '42 of 
Nashua, NH, on November 3, 

Joseph E. Sullivan Jr. '43 of 

Lowell on December 17, 2010. 

John J. Connor '44 of Shrews- 
bury on December 5, 2010. 

Peter P. Malatesta '44 of Nahant 
on November 1, 2010. 

Peter J. Baleyko '45 of Nashua, 
NH, on October 12, 2010. 

William F. Kenneally '45 of 
Boston on October 12, 2010. 

Charles P. McKenzie '45 of 

Ipswich on September 21, 2010. 

John A. Cunniff, Esq., '47 of 
Wellesley on November 12, 2010. 

Mary Guiney O'Leary, MSW'47, 
of Nashua, NH, on October 
22, 2010. 

Edward B. Walsh '47 of Seabrook 
Beach, NH, on October 7, 2010. 

Albert H. Labastie, Esq., JD'48, 
of Marblehead on October 7, 

Francis X. McDonald '49 of 

Springfield on October 20, 2010. 

Robert E. Quirk '49 of Denville, 
NJ, on November 7, 2010. 

Maurice J. Reutter '49 of Lexing- 
ton on November 19,2010. 

James E. Sullivan '49, MA50, of 
Barre on October 13, 2010. 


John S. Allison Jr. '50 of Dedham 
on November 6, 2010. 

Richard M. Cosgrove, Esq., 
JD'50, of Wefhersfield, CT, on 
November 2, 2010. 

Samuel F. Gilman '50 of 

Lancaster on July 17, 2009. 

Paul D. Kearns '50 of West 
Stockbridge on September 23, 

Richard Ardolino Mason '50 

of New York, NY, on November 
26, 2010. 

Robert J. Pink Sr. '50 of Marsh- 
field on November 1, 2010. 

Martin J. Healey '51, MEd'53, of 
Lynn on October 1, 2010. 

Robert B. Joslyn '51 of Sunny 
Isles Beach, FL, on October 15, 

Frank P. Leist '51 of Newton on 
September 9, 2010. 

John N. Nestor, Esq., JD'51, of 
Lynn on October 28, 2010. 

Edward F. Roach '51 of Nashua, 
NH, on October 7, 2010. 

Mary Burke Tobin '51 of Need- 
ham on October 23, 2010. 

James C. Baatz '52 of West 
Springfield on December 9, 2010. 

Daniel C. Chisholm, Esq., JD'52, 
of Nashua, NH, on September 
25, 2010. 

Patrick J. Clancy '52 of Arlington 
on» October 20, 2010. 

John F. Cotter Jr., WCAS'52 of 
Arlington on November 28, 

Margaret T. Kelly WCAS'52 of 
Roslindale on October 20, 2010. 

Philip L. McAuliffe Jr., Esq., '52 
of Wakefield on November 28, 

Bernard P. O' Sullivan '52 of Wey- 
mouth on November 15, 2010. 

William J. C. Pucciarelli '52 of 

Chestnut Hill and Waban on 
September 30,2010. 

Joseph T. Carroll '53, MBA'61, of 
Framingham on December 19, 

Thomas P. Doherty '53 of Rock- 
port on September 22,2010. 

Richard V. Flynn '53 of Plainville 
on October 4, 2010. 

Donald G. Harris, Esq., MEd'53, 
JD'58, of Lynnfield on October 
9, 2010. 

George Saint Laurent '53 of 

Laguna Woods, CA, on April 23, 

Mary Flaherty Cadigan '54 of 
Woburn on October 17, 2010. 

Richard B. Campbell '54 of Lynn 
on September 28, 2010. 

Ignatius J. Fiorenza '54 of 

Woburn on November 3, 2010. 

Richard K. Heneghan '54 of 

North Fort Myers, FL, on October 
16, 2010. 

Mary E. Galvin Killian WCAS'54 
of Reading, formerly of Brain- 
tree, on December 19, 2010. 

Paul Murphy '54 of Dorchester 
and Popponesset on October 21, 

Helen Hayes Nolan WCAS'54 of 
Walpole on November 14, 2010. 

Charles G. Stamos '54 of Braden- 
ton, FL, on September 13, 2010. 

Mary Brennan Geis '55, MS'65, 
of Glendale, NY, on November 
20, 2010. 

John F. Gill, Esq., JD'55, of 
Stratford, CT, on October 24, 

James N. McBride '55 of Laconia, 
NH, on December 16, 2010. 

Anne P. Cooney WCAS'56 of 
Brookline on September 22, 

Robert J. Donovan '56 of Bedford 
on April 9, 2010. 

Thomas E. Hegarty Jr. '56, 
MEd'61, of Beverly on September 
28, 2010. 

Frederick J. Kessler '56 of West- 
field, NJ, on January 6, 2010. 

Eugene G. McCarthy Jr. '56 of 

North Palm Beach, FL, on 
November 16, 2010. 

Edward J. Powers, Esq., JD'57, of 
South Windsor, CT, on October 
15, 2010. 

Richard J. Cain, Esq., JD'58, of 
Centerville on October 20, 2010. 

Anne Fandel Casper '58 of 

Middleboro on October 16, 2010. 

J. Francis Day '58 of Winchester 
on October 5, 2010. 

Barbara A. Doherty '58, MS'67, 
of Norwood on November 30, 

Sylvia Flavin, MEd'58, of 
Syracuse, NY, on October 14, 

Edward P. Gilmore '58 of Canton 
on December 4, 2010. 

James M. Ryder '58 of Framing- 
ham on September 30,2010. 

James J. Callahan Jr., MSW'59, of 
West Newton on October 12, 

David F. Crowley, Esq., '59 of 
Binghamton, NY, on November 
10, 2010. 

Gerald Thomas Delaney '59 of 

West Roxbury on December 18, 

Robert J. Desmond '59 of Lowell 
on October 15, 2010. 

Maurice J. O'Brien, Esq., JD'59, 
of Las Vegas, NV, on September 
7, 2010. 

Martin T Redington '59 of 

Concord on December 16,2010. 

Sandra Uncles Yamachika NC'59 
of Mequon, WI, on March 31, 


Joseph Ciccia, Esq., JD'60, of 
Harwich on October 23, 2010. 

William E. Guarente WCAS'6o 
of Osterville on October 17, 2010. 

John J. Lynch '60 of Littleton on 
November 1, 2010. 

James J. O'Keefe '60 of Charles- 
town on November 29, 2010. 

John R. O'Rourke '60 of Clinton 
on October 12, 2010. 

Jane B. Pirkle, MA'60, PhD'73, of 
Tyngsboro on October 7, 2010. 


Agnes Paula Connelly. SND, 
MA'6i. of Worcester on October 
22, 2010. 

Richard E. Gorton WCAS'6i of 
Woburn on October 26, 2010. 

Margaret Mulry Tangeman '61 of 

Spring Lake, NJ, on April 7, 

Joseph P. Whalen '61 of Hull on 
October 7, 2010. 

Richard L. Kelley '62 of Palm 
Coast, FL, on November 28, 2010. 

Joyce Torrey Moran, MEd'62, of 
Union, ME, on November 30, 2008. 

Robert F. Carbone '63 of Weston 
on November 16, 2010. 

William J. Carmichael '63 of 

Lakeville, CT, on August 28, 

Gwendolyn H. Murphy, 

MSW'63, of Arlington on 
October 28, 2010. 

Robert J. Crawford Jr. '64 of 

South Londonderry, VT, on 
December 5, 2010. 

Andrew A. Dominick Jr. '64 of 

Gloucester on December 8, 2010. 

Paul C. Farry '64 of Coruit on 
September 29, 2010. 

Richard C. Henry '64 of Bluffton, 

SC, on December 3, 2010. 

Timothy W. Ryan '64 of Middle- 
town, CT, on September 27, 2010. 

Margaret Campbell Major '65 of 

Billerica on September 26, 2010. 

Daniel R. Salcito, Esq., JD'65, of 
Scottsdale, AZ, on October 10, 

Nancy M. Sheehan, MEd'65, of 
West Roxbury on October 24, 

Josephine Flanagan, RSM, 
MA'66 of Portland, ME, on 
October 3, 2010. 

William J. Butler III '67 of Aus- 
tin, TX, on November 8, 2010. 

Richard J. Manzi '68 of Scotts- 
dale, AZ, on August 18, 2010. 

John J. Moriarty Jr. '69, MA'72, 
of Weston on October 9, 2010. 

Margaret Galligan Sheil, MA'69, 
of Milton on September 14, 2010. 


Walter J. Appleton Jr. '70 of Clin- 
ton, TN, on December 12, 2010. 

Kathleen M. (Campbell) Amato. 

MS'71, of Otisco, NY, on October 
31, 2010. 

Stanley A. Dash '71 of Ardsley, 
NY, on October 21, 2010. 

Elaine M. (Bracken) Etling '71 of 

Hyannis on October 1, 2010. 

Doris I. Jacklitsch, MA'72, of 

Hobe Sound, FL, and Lakewood, 
NJ, on November 8, 2010. 

Frank J. Lyons, DEd'72, of Sara- 
sota. FL, on September 3, 2010. 

George J. Pijewski '72 of Milton 
on November 19, 2010. 

Susan G. Stansfield NC'72 of 

Killingworth, CT, on November 
8, 2010. 

Robert L. Guilfoyle '73 of Quincy 
on October 31, 2010. 

Robert C. Laprel '73 of Haverhill 
on December 12, 2010. 

Molly Matson, MA'73, of Dux- 
bury on October 5, 2010. 

Audrey H. Muller, PhD'73, of 
Fort Myers, FL, on July 10, 2010. 

John J. Cohane WCAS'74 of 
Boston on October 8, 2010. 

Patrick J. Giovanditto '74, MA'76, 
of Celebration, FL, on November 
25, 2010. 

Martin B. Mahoney '74 of Fal- 
mouth on September 26, 2010. 

Robert E. Thibodeau, PhD'74, of 
Los Angeles, CA, on October 17, 

Deborah Peters Goessling '75, 

MEd'76, of Wayland on October 
11, 2010. 

Wallace A. Wood '75 of Dighton 
on July 4, 2010. 

Carol Ann Cleveland, MEd'76, of 
Milford on September 6, 2010. 

Ralph Anthony Sambuchi, MA'76, 
of Gardner on May 18, 2010. 

Leo McCarthy, OCAR, THM'77, 
of Sarasota, FL, on November 18, 
2009 . 

Scott Henry Mehringer '78 of 

Auburn on October 18, 2010. 


Mark J. Drinan '80 of Sharon on 
October 23, 2010. 

Richard D. Jennings '80 of Wil- 
son, WY, on November 25, 2010. 

Mary F. O'Brien, MA'81, PhD'85, 
of Newtonville on December 14, 

Joan (Denison) Radford, 

CAES'82, of Nashua, NH, on 
October 6, 2010. 

Mark G. Maher, Esq., JD'86, of 
Beverly on November 8, 2009. 

Concepta Chepucavage, CSJ, 
MEd'87, of Brockton on December 
14, 2010. 

Laura Weldon Hoque '87, MS'89, 
of Honolulu, HI, on July 16, 

Linda (Hodgetts) Goddard 

WCAS'89 of Wayland, on October 
9, 2010. 


Stephen W. Scruton III, 

MSW'90, of Newburyport on 
January 23, 2009. 


Valerie Clapp, MEd'02, of Quincy 
on October 1, 2010. 

Elizabeth M. Arntz '03 of Seattle, 
WA, on September 20, 2010. 

Robert Ziminski '06 of Salem on 
November 7,2010. 

Sean M. Leavitt '09 of Plymouth 
on November 5, 2010. 


Cabrielle Husson, RSCJ, MA'5i, 
of Albany, NY, president of 
Newton College of the Sacred 
Heart from 1955 to 1968, on 
June 30, 2010, at age 99. She 
is survived by her half-brother 

Eleanor F. Piepgrass, of 
Canton, employee in the 
University Registrar's Office 
from 1970 to 1977, on January 
2, 2011, at age 96. She is sur- 
vived by her daughters, Lee 
and Sarah, and son Dan. 

Andre Jacques de Bethune, 
of Portsmouth, Rl, professor of 
chemistry from 1947 to 1988, on 
October 30, 2010, at age 91. He 
is survived by his wife Margaret; 
daughters Martha Ginty, Agnes, 
Elizabeth, Marie Therese, Anne, 
and Sara Katherine; and sons 
Peter, Christopher, Joseph, 
and Stephen. 

Carolyn B. Thomas, of Newton, 
professor of social work from 
1968 to 1988, on October 23, 
2010, at age 83. 

Maria Furtado, of Saugus, 
Facilities Services employee 
from 1985 to 2004, on 
November 14, 2010, at age 71. 
She is survived by her husband 
Jose; sons Joe and Mike; and 
daughter Linda Souza. 

Robert Coyle, of West Roxbury, 
a Dining Services and then 
Boston College Police Department 
employee since 1994, on 
December 25, 2010, at age 61. 
He is survived by his wife 
Minda and daughter Meaghan. 

Francis B. Campanella, of Boston, 
executive vice president from 
1 973 to 1991 and from 1993 to 
2001 and professor of finance 
since 2001, on January 14, 2010, 
at age 74. He is survived by his 
daughters Kathleen, Patricia, 
and Maureen. 

The obituary section is compiled 
from national listings and notices 
from family members and friends 
of alumni. The section includes only 
the deaths reported to us since the 
previous issue of Boston College 
Magazine. Please send information 
to: Office of University Advancement, 
More Hall 220, 140 Commonwealth 
Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 





Momentum for Light 
the World continues 
to build as the $i.5-billion 
campaign, the most ambitious 
in the history of Jesuit, Catholic 
education, reached its fund- 
raising midpoint in December 
2010. So far, more than $750 
million has been committed 
to support priorities vital to 
the University. 

More than 96,000 Boston 
College alumni, parents, and 
friends have sparked the cam- 
paign's remarkable success, and 
their gifts — of all sizes — have 

had an immediate and mean- 
ingful impact at the Heights. 

Since the campaign 
launched in October 2008, 
BC has enhanced the student 
experience by founding new 
centers for interdisciplinary 
research and student formation, 
increasing undergraduate 
financial aid to deserving 
students, and strengthening 
a wide range of programming 
that touches every aspect 
of the community — from 
Campus Ministry to varsity 
and intramural athletics. 

Those who invest in BC 
have also been instrumental 
in the ongoing success of 
the campaign's other critical 
initiatives: doubling volunteer 
service to the University, creating 
a base of 40,000 annual alumni 
donors, and securing legacy 
gifts that provide for BC's 
future. Contributions to all 
these areas will help Boston 
College achieve its aim to 
become the world's leading 
Catholic university. 

"Light the World continues 
to have a transformative 

effect on campus," says 
Board of Trustees Chair 
and Campaign Co-chair 
William f. Geary '80, "and 
the University is most 
grateful for the ongoing 
support of the many thou- 
sands who have made BC 
a priority in their lives. The 
BC community can expect 
more great achievements 
as the campaign continues 
toward its ultimate goal." 

Below, explore a timeline 
featuring some of the cam- 
paign's milestones to date: 


University receives 
first transformational 
pledge toward new 
campus master plan 
from Margot Connell 
and family 

$i.5-billion Light the World 
campaign launches 


New School of Theology 
and Ministry completes 
first semester of classes 

Quiet-phase pledges 
spur early initiatives, 
including the 
opening of the 
Connors Family 
Retreat and 
Conference Center 



f m 

McGillycuddy-Logue Center for 
Undergraduate Global Studies 
sponsors first travel grants 




Trustees endorse campaign's 
legacy goal 


Roche Center for Catholic 
Education launches 


Maroon & GOLD participatioi 
nearly doubles to 6,000 dono 
since start of campaign 



Anew era in the physical 
transformation of 
Boston College has begun. 
On Oct. 4, construction 
started on Stokes Hall, the 
future hub for the liberal 
arts and a cornerstone of the 
University's Institutional 
Master Plan. When completed 
in fall 2012, the new building 
will be a major academic 
center and a focal point for 
student-formation programs. 

"Stokes Hall embodies 
Boston College's enduring 
commitment to the liberal 
arts," says David Quigley, 
dean of the College and 
Graduate School of Arts & 
Sciences. "For centuries, 
the Jesuit, Catholic tradition 
of higher education has 
emphasized the civilizing 
and liberating power of 

an education rooted in the 
humanities disciplines 
that will call Stokes home." 

Stokes Hall will bring 
together the departments 
of classical studies, English, 
history, philosophy, and 
theology. It will also house 
the College of Arts and Sciences 
Honors Program and Service 
Center, the Academic Advising 
Center, the PULSE service 
learning program, and the 
Office of First Year Experience. 

The structure will include 
36 state-of-the-art classrooms, 
among them an 80-person 
lecture hall that can also host 
musical performances and 
other events. Additionally, 
Stokes Hall will feature a cafe 
with an adjoining commons 
area, an outdoor garden, and 
a terraced lawn. 

Designed in the English 
Collegiate Gothic style, the 
two four-story wings of 
Stokes Hall will take shape 
between Lyons Hall and 
McElroy Commons. At 
183,000 square feet, Stokes 
Hall will be roughly twice the 
size of Devlin Hall and will 
formally define a new Campus 
Green, slightly larger than a 
football field, on the current 
site of the Dustbowl. 

Stokes Hall is the first 
academic building to be 
erected on Middle Campus 
since 2001 and the first 
new construction under the 
Institutional Master Plan. 
Renovation and rejuvenation 
projects have included Gasson 
Hall and the new home of 
the School of Theology and 
Ministry, located on the 

Brighton Campus. The plan 
also calls for a recreation 
center, a student center, and 
a fine arts district, as well as 
new playing fields and addi- 
tional undergraduate housing. 

Stokes Hall is named for 
current trustee and former 
board chairman Patrick T. 
Stokes '64 and his wife, 
Anna-Kristina "Aja" Stokes, 
P'91, '94, '97, in recognition 
of their extraordinary gift to 
the Light the World campaign. 
Stokes Hall is perhaps the 
most tangible expression yet 
of the powerful effect the 
campaign will have on the 
BC student experience. 

Take a virtual tour of 
Stokes Hall, view the worksite 
in progress, and learn more 
about naming opportunities 





Lynch Leadership Academy 

eenan Society welcomes more 
lan 18,000 inaugural members 

Stokes Hall construction 


Endowed scholarships for 
student-athletes double to 
162 since start of campaign 

Clough Center for the Study 
of Constitutional Democracy 
provides first undergraduate 
research grants 


Engaged volunteers rise 90 
percent since start of campaign 

Gasson Hall's restoration 
is a visible reminder of the 
campaign's impact as it 
passes the halfway mark 

250th endowed 
scholarship fund 
established since 
campaign launch 


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By Dave Denison 

Sorting the mentally ill by race 

Tn the summer of 200 1 , Martin Summers, an associate professor 
of history at Boston College, was starting exploratory research 
on relations between African Americans and federal government 
institutions. At the National Archives in Washington, D.C., he 
delved into a trove of 19th-century records from St. Elizabeths 
Hospital, founded in that city as the nation's Government Hospital 
for the Insane in 1855. 

The hospital, relates Summers, was set up to shelter and treat 
the mentally ill who came under federal jurisdiction, including 
members of the armed services, 
veterans, and D.C. residents. One 
of the first documents Summers 
examined was a register book, in 
which a clerk had recorded names 
and biographical details of patients 
admitted in 1866. There was a led- 
ger column for diagnosis and a 
column for the supposed cause of 
the illness. One entry, for a black 
woman, was especially striking, 
Summers recalls. The cause of the 
woman's distress (mania was the 
official diagnosis) was reported as 
"the blackness of her husband." 

"That really arrested me," 
Summers says. "What does that 
mean? I still don't know that 
I know the answer to that, but I 
thought at that point, this was a 
study I wanted to do — I wanted to 
focus on perceptions of insanity 
and race." 

Summers details some of his , 
findings in an article published in the spring 2010 Bulletin of the 
History of Medicine. Using St. Elizabeths as his central case study, 
he traces the ways medical and psychiatric authorities assumed 
African Americans were psychologically different from whites, 
from the mid- 19th to the mid-20th century. 

In the 19th century, physicians, naturalists, and ethnologists 
were in the thrall of Creation's differences — ever ready to clas- 
sify and rank — and many were particularly eager to "empirically 
and quantifiably certify the distinction between the 'Caucasian' 
and 'Negro' races," which they assumed existed, says Summers. 
Charles H. Nichols, St. Elizabeths' first superintendent, advocated 
for segregated quarters. "Like most of his fellow superintendents," 
Summers writes, "Nichols believed that blacks and whites were 
fundamentally so different that proximity between the two would 

hinder . . . their treatment." Racial differences seemingly were 
held by the staff at St. Elizabeths to be more significant even than 
gender differences, notes Summers; the so-called lodge that early 
on housed the hospital's "colored insane," while all black, housed 
both men and women. 

And just how were blacks believed to be psychologically dif- 
ferent? It was conventional wisdom in the mid- to late- 1800s 
that insanity was relatively rare among peoples unburdened by 
Western civilization. An article in the American Journal of Insanity 

in 1845, for instance, discussed 
the "exemption of the Cherokee 
Indians and Africans from insan- 
ity." In this view, mental instability 
arose with exposure to the stresses 
of modern life; for individuals new 
to these stresses, the effect could 
be dramatic. 

Indeed, some psychiatrists 
made claims that mania was the 
more common affliction among 
blacks, while unstable whites were 
more likely to slip into melancho- 
lia. "The insane negro is combative 
and homicidal," wrote one medi- 
cal observer in 1886, "but suicidal 
tendencies rarely exist." At St. 
Elizabeths, this belief led eventu- 
ally to a pattern of putting most 
black men, regardless of their diag- 
nosis, in quarters for the criminally 
insane. After construction of a new 
building in 1887 for convicts and 
insane inmates judged to be dan- 
gerous, it became standard practice to house all black men with the 

The 1930s saw the emergence of a "universalist school" in 
psychiatry, which rejected the idea of race-based distinctions. 
According to Summers, the old idea of black insanity brought on 
by a civilized world gradually gave way to a focus on the personal- 
ity damage resulting among blacks from the effects of racism. 

The St. Elizabeths archives include correspondence from 
patients and family members, along with medical records. 
Summers has been mining these materials for a book of social his- 
tory that will portray black patients' conditions, examine the shift- 
ing psychological theories of the day, and recount the ways those 
ideas affected the hospital's administration. "My aim is to provide a 
comprehensive portrait of these patients' lives," he says. 



illustration: Chris Sharp 

Works ev. 

Anderson at a storage facility near his home, with hardware ready to ship 

Net worker 

by Alicia Potter 

Third World technology provider 
Timothy Anderson '73 

Timothy Anderson is the founder, presi- 
dent, and sole full-time employee of World 
Computer Exchange (WCE), a nonprofit 
that provides refurbished desktop comput- 
ers and peripherals in developing countries 
at low cost. In 1 1 years of operation, with 
the help of some 700 volunteers world- 
wide, he has shipped 28,300 computers to 
2,675 schools, libraries, orphanages, and 
youth centers in 41 nations. 

A political science major and former 
UGBC president, with a master's degree 
in public administration from Harvard's 
Kennedy School, Anderson arrived at 
WCE by a route circuitous and apt. He has 
served as executive director of Boston's 
Franklin Park Zoo, consulted on nonprofit 
development, and was the founder, CEO, 
and headmaster of a charter school in Hull, 
Massachusetts. "I know what it's like to 
have to gather volunteers and resources," 
he says. "I began thinking, what would 
happen if you applied those skills to educa- 
tion in developing countries?" 

Based in Anderson's Hull home, WCE 
has 24 U.S. and Canadian chapters that 
act as hubs for fundraising and computer 
collection, and 25 strategic allies, such 
as iEARN USA, the U.N. Volunteers 
Program, and the London-based Centre 
for Democracy and Development West 

Africa. The latter groups work in-country 
with the institutions receiving the equip- 
ment to raise a share of the funds — usually 
a third of the $6,300 it costs to ship 200 
computers. "We want the organizations 
to feel ownership, that they can make this 
happen," says Anderson. The remainder of 
the financing comes from corporate, non- 
profit, and individual donors. Used equip- 
ment arrives primarily from corporations, 
schools, and libraries. 

Anderson promotes WCE at venues 
ranging from the World Economic Forum 
to computer refurbishers conventions. "I 
had raised millions of dollars for all sorts 
of clients, but I was surprised at how diffi- 
cult it was when you put developing coun- 
tries into the equation," he says. Getting 
the computers in place is also often chal- 
lenging. In 2010, a shipment bound for 
Afghan refugees in northeast Pakistan got 
stalled for months after the Taliban blew 
up a bridge on the Khyber Pass. 

"I think in terms of access," says 
Anderson. "How access to technology 
allows kids to understand things that they 
couldn't before — about other peoples and 
cultures. How they'll now have skills that 
their parents don't and won't have." 

Alicia Potter is a Boston-based writer. 

photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 









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